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West Nile Virus - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

12 October 2017, 03:19 | Winifred Adams

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A second death case from West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported in the Midwest State of Iowa, thus bringing the total number of WNV fatalities to 67 across the USA this year.

The 74-year-old died on September 12, according to the Health Department. Although, no human cases have been reported to the Public Health Department this year. Counties with at least one case include - Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton (2), Logan and Summit.

The city of Frisco has confirmed 18 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year.

The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat the virus, and about 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The horse contracted the virus in an area that had previously been subject to aerial spraying for mosquitoes, health officials said.

Some people experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, which subside after a few days to weeks.

ยท If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

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