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Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

“The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, or any other mosquito-borne illness, is to protect yourself from mosquito bites, ” states a news release from the department.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) says two crows have tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease.

The case was reported in late June in Hinds County.

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A smaller number that includes the elderly, pregnant women and children can develop serious symptoms.

Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and socks when outdoors - especially at dusk and dawn. This is the third year in a row that a dead bird in Washburn County has been found to be infected with WNV.

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Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 and follow the instructions when using them. No humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this year.

Less than one percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

For those that get West Nile, there is no vaccine or specific treatments though over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve various symptoms. "Mosquitoes don't travel very far from their breeding grounds, so if you don't have stagnant water around your house, there's less likelihood of mosquitoes, and mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus, to be impacting you and your family".