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14 July 2018, 01:01 | Silvia Roy
Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE
The virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes collected June 18 in Easton.
Mosquito populations around Huron have been significantly reduced through citywide spraying, but people are reminded to remain vigilant because Culex tarsalis, the carrier of West Nile virus, is now present in higher numbers.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports its first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2018.
- Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
This is the first positive indicator of West Nile Virus in the county for 2018. "The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed".
West Nile Virus has been identified in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004.
If you're outside, be sure to use a mosquito repellent with the ingredient "Deet" in it.
Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
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Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.
Some people who contract West Nile develop neurological syndrome, which can be deadly.
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