West Nile virus claims first NC victim this season

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County

West Nile carrying mosquitoes in Williston area

West Nile virus is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes and can cause mild to serious illness.

Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously sick with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis and coma. At this time, no human cases of WNV have been reported in Orleans Parish, according to a report issued by NOMTCB.

Avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

Dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long trousers (wear light-weight clothing to minimize the potential for heat-induced illnesses).

More information on the prevention of mosquito bites is available on the Division of Public Health's website and through the CDC.

West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina, according to the state Health Department.

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"But you have to use a product that contains Permethrin to do that".

"Until the hard frosts of fall set in, Halton residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites". Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.

Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be screened, and collected water should be used within one week. Consider including Mosquitofish in ornamental ponds and fountains.

The Pocket-area canal, which is full of often stagnant water, has been identified as a problem area. Mosquito Control wants to stress that the specific locations where the samples were collected are not as significant because it just means the virus is actively circulating in the area.

Residents can stack up to 4 tires curbside with their household trash each week.

The sprayings are scheduled to occur from about 8 p.m.to 12 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and will span about 41,000 acres, the news release said.

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