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First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in both Iowa & Illinois

22 July 2017, 12:44 | Violet Powell

First West Nile virus positive mosquito reported in Rock Island County

First West Nile virus positive mosquito reported in Rock Island County

"This is a great example of the health system taking precautions to protect the public from harmful diseases", said Nigel Turner, Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health Communicable Disease division director. In 2016, Mayor Mitch Landrieu added $500,000 to the city's Zika defense, in a year when Louisiana officials counted more than 38 reported Zika cases in humans in the state.

The virus is transmitted through bites from mosquitoes that picked up the virus from an infected bird. "You may have headache, fever, dizziness, nausea, tiredness. symptoms can take 5 to 15 days to appear once you're bitten".

New Orleans officials today announced mosquito samples collected in the city tested positive for the pathogen.

Secondly, she said, this summer's warm weather has contributed to growth of the mosquito population.

The department's Juan Rodriguez said they want people to realize that anyone can become infected. The risk of getting West Nile virus is highest from the end of July through August.

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Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

Drain standing water in yards that can collect in old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys or buckets. Overall, there were reported 155 human cases, including six deaths. "It's just a matter of when they're going to find it in most of the counties in IN, so it comes down to personal protection and trying to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds".

A total of three Frisco mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.

They suggest using insect repellents that offer long lasting protection and contain DEET, but not to use sprays on children that are more than 30% DEET.

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