Dallas County reports first death from West Nile Virus this Year

Dallas County reports first death from West Nile Virus this Year

The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County this July. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Coastal Health District officials want to remind residents to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding. The primary mosquito that transmits EEE breeds in freshwater swamps.

Kwit said healthy people might have come in contact with the West Nile Virus and might not even know it. Besides humans, the virus is also present in horses. Those who do have symptoms can experience fever, headache and swollen lymph nodes among other things. At least once a week, eliminate the sources of standing water around a home by draining garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, etc.

-Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools.

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It's a reminder that you should take precautions if outdoors, especially around dusk and dawn.

-Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and use repellant with deet. "DEET-containing insect repellents are a really good idea if you're going to be ... outside at all".

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.