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Ottawa County resident contracts West Nile virus

Ottawa County resident contracts West Nile virus

Local health officials are reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquitos after a human case of West Nile virus was reported in the area.

A dead crow found in Odanah this week tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting health officials to issue a special alert. Symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains and fatigue.

On Aug. 27, it was reported that a Kent County man who was in his 80s died from West Nile virus.

"Several individuals from the same area have developed West Nile virus", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. As of Friday, 31 human cases have been confirmed and this number is expected to grow throughout the next few weeks.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people.

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The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to take preventive steps to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

Draining standing water in the yard. If not, mosquitoes, all it does is take a cap full of water in order for them to breathe.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. No further files on her condition was accessible, officers said.Up to now this one year, Sixty one swimming pools or batches of mosquitoes and two birds have examined sure for West Nile virus, primarily based fully totally on the properly being department.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.