Tarrant County Confirms First West Nile-Related Death

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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Butte County, officials announced Monday.

The Mississippi State Department of Heath reported its third human case of West Nile virus for the year.

Beginning around 9:15pm, an area bordered by Brand Road to the north, Post Road to the south will be sprayed for mosquitoes by Franklin County Public Health.

In 2016, the health department reports there were 152 human cases of West Nile virus in IL, including five deaths. WNV has been identified in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans through mosquitos.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

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Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

About 75 percent of people infected with West Nile virus don't show symptoms, according to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. These mosquitoes really like organic material...water that's really dirty.

Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.

Dress in long sleeves, trousers when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.

Residents can also aid the state's West Nile virus monitoring efforts by reporting any dead birds that have been dead for less than 48 hours. Jackson County residents are especially encouraged to call the health department to report sick or deceased crows, blue jays, robins or other perching birds. While there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds, individuals should not attempt to catch or handle the birds.

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