Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

It has been reported to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit that mosquitoes collected from three traps last week in the Dresden, Blenheim and North West Chatham areas have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

According to an announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, the rates of mosquitoes carrying West Nile have been much higher this year.

DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins explains that proper mosquito bite prevention involves DEET sprays. A second round of larviciding will be starting shortly. The department stressed that West Nile is a preventable disease and that wearing insect repellant outdoors is a must.

The virus was first identified in Iowa in a dead crow in 2001 and cases of human infection have been reported every year since 2002.

Lyttle added people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus during the months of July and August.

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Only one in 150 people infected by the virus will experience symptoms, and only 20% will become seriously ill.

The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

- Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property.

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