California reports first deaths of 2017 from West Nile virus

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An Anderson County resident has died from West Nile Virus, the first such occurrence in SC this year, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health reported the death of a 61-year-old San Juan County man from West Nile virus. Mosquitoes, in turn, typically contract the virus after feeding on infected birds.

DuPage County- The DuPage County Health Department is urging residents to enjoy the Labor Day weekend, but to protect against mosquito bites that could lead to West Nile virus (WNV) infection.

Between 2012 and 2016, Kentucky has averaged about 10 cases of West Nile virus, which occurs following the bite of an infected mosquito, per year.

West Nile symptoms include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. People who have had West Nile virus before are considered immune. Mosquitoes are infected when they feed on birds carrying the virus.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

"West Nile virus can cause a deadly infection in humans, and the elderly are particularly susceptible", CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said.

Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. More than half of these cases were hospitalized, and five cases died. Wear long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

People ages 50 and over are more prone to the severe symptoms.

There are no vaccines to prevent West Nile and no medications specifically to treat it. Owners are advised to vaccinate their horses annually. Earlier this week, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness found West Nile-infected mosquitoes in their surveillance traps.

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