West Nile Virus

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Aug 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

North Dakota health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus of the summer season.  The victim is a Richland County woman in her 50’s who was not hospitalized.   Last year 127 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were identified in the state.   Todd Hanson of the Grand Forks Health Department says WNV has been confirmed in local mosquito pools


Hanson says take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes even if you don’t see a lot of them.


To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the state health department recommends the following protective measures:
 Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or permethrin when outdoors; always follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label
 Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite
 When possible, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while outside
 Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths)
 Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing screens in windows and doors
 Keep the grass around your home trimmed







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