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State confirms first West Nile Virus death for 2018

State confirms first West Nile Virus death for 2018

The state Department of Health & Human Services would only say the victim was an adult living in the southeastern part of the state and that it occurred last week.

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has not said precisely where the Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found.

Bosch says wear long sleeves if you can when outdoors, use mosquito repellent and avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. However, about 20 percent of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. About 1 percent of those who get West Nile will see serious damage to the central nervous system, and about 1 in 10 of those will die.

KDHE says there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of the virus so far this year and 30 people died between 1999-2017.

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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.

County officials recommends residents prevent mosquito breeding by removing or regularly cleaning items outside homes that can hold standing water, including plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, garbage cans, toys, old tires and wheelbarrows.

Mosquitoes in North Carolina are also known to carry other illnesses that can infect both humans and animals. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

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