Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

2 new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi

2 new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi

A third case of human West Nile virus was confirmed in Utah County Monday morning, the Deseret News reported. "Until cooler temperatures arrive in the area, we can expect mosquitoes and the virus to be very active".

The county announced Friday that a pool of mosquitoes collected recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Since the beginning of summer there have been several cases of West Nile virus reported in Ontario and they've become more frequent as summer comes to an end. A small number of people, less than one per cent, develop severe neuro-invasive disease.

West Nile virus has been detected in traps in northwestern Weber County, according to the Weber Mosquito Abatement District. No deaths related to the West Nile virus have been reported since 2012.

Area residents should eliminate any standing water around their home and property and take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.

WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. They also suggest using bug repellent that has DEET, wearing light-coloured clothing, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and hat when outdoors as well as limiting the time you spend outside at dawn and dusk.

To avoid mosquito bites, health officials suggest wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves and trousers, checking window and door screens for tears or gaps that allow mosquitoes to get inside, and wearing mosquito repellent when outside. Always read and follow label directions. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.

Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

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