NC's first confirmed West Nile death of 2018 is in Cumberland County

Pearl Mccarthy
July 21, 2018

The health department says it's sending one dead bird to the state that's suspected of having the virus.

"Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding", explained Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region's Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.

Mosquitoes collected in north suburban Wilmette this week have tested positive for West Nile virus. To protect patient confidentiality, the department is not releasing additional details.

The Centers for Disease Control says previous year in the state there were two confirmed deaths and seven cases of West Nile.

Only about 20 percent of people who get infected with West Nile virus suffer any symptoms, though it can be deadly in rare cases.

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There are no vaccines against West Nile, KDHE says.

To combat the mounting threat of West Nile virus, aerial insecticide spraying will take place in Elk Grove, the Pocket and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Road on Monday and Tuesday, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District said Friday.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Although there have been no cases reported to the KDHE in 2018, there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017. Residents are also urged to clear standing bodies of water which can breed mosquitoes.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning.

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

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