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Two West Nile virus cases confirmed in Greece

Two West Nile virus cases confirmed in Greece”

The Marquette County Health Department said last week that West Nile virus has returned to the region after laboratory testing revealed its presence in a crow earlier this month. Cases of West Nile virus occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall.

Mosquitoes trapped on the South Shore of MA have been confirmed carriers of West Nile virus, health officials said.

This comes after trapped mosquitos from the area tested positive for the virus. The reservoir (where the virus normally lives and multiples) is wild birds.

To get a free Mosquito Dunk, you must be 18 years or older, have proof of residence in the City of Suffolk, show proper picture identification and sign the information sheet at the pick-up location. West Nile virus was first identified in birds in IN in the summer of 2001.

Residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

What are the symptoms of West Nile? Statistics say 80 percent (or 4 out of 5) people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms.

Transmission of West Nile virus can be avoided by preventing mosquito bites, the only know route of transmission.

Symptoms that may be present are: high fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle weakness or paralysis, and confusion. Many people who survive will have mild to severe brain damage.

Limiting outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, or wearing long sleeves and trousers, socks and shoes. The risk of contracting the virus can be lowered through basic mosquito prevention measures, such as wearing long-sleeve shirts and trousers when outside, using DEET-based bug sprays, effective screening of windows in homes, avoiding mosquito breeding habitats and using mosquito netting over strollers when outside.

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