House sparrow found in Genesee County tests positive for West Nile Virus

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The patient is at least the fourth known Plano resident to contract the West Nile virus in 2017.

Summer may be over, but the threat of West Nile Virus is continuing.

Statewide, more than 200 birds have been found with West Nile from counties all over the state.

The first suspected case of West Nile virus turned deadly in Meigs County, according to a news release from the Meigs County Health Department.

Health officials said the mosquitoes that tested positive are most likely to bite birds, while 2 percent of the time they may bite deer or humans.

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"With the absence of mosquitos also comes a decrease in mosquito-borne illnesses", said John Embil, director of the Health Sciences Centre's infection prevention and control unit. Other symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. UHS medical director David Vander Straten said since it can be hard for a student to tell whether they have the virus or another illness like the flu, students should take precautions such as avoiding standing water and using insect repellent.

Vander Straten said the University has seen 13 potential cases of West Nile virus since January 2012, but all have tested negative for the illness.

- Help reduce the number of mosquitos around your home.

The town said other ways to avoid being bit including wearing an effective mosquito repellent as well as long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

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