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West Nile Virus found in London trap

West Nile Virus found in London trap”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the north central, south central, northwest and southwest regions of the state are under a high-risk warning for the virus.

The current risk for contracting the virus in Yorkton is moderate, and West Nile infected mosquitoes have been found in the province.

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in more than 12 municipalities this year. About one out of 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue, that in some cases, can result in death.

There are no vaccines for West Nile and no medical treatments for it, but people who have had the virus before develop immunity to it. People who are elderly, have compromised immunity, have cancer, have alcoholism or other factors that make them more susceptible to a neuroinvasive disease are more at risk.

Blood donations are screened for West Nile prior to distribution, to ensure that the blood supply is safe from the virus.

Mosquitoes in more than a dozen cities and towns across the state have tested positive for West Nile. Visit Michigan.gov/westnilevirus to find maps of current WNV activity in Michigan by county.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. The reported cases are in Hinds (2) and Itawamba counties.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Also, residents are reminded to dispose of water-holding containers in their yards, like ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, and clean out gutters. Birds, horses and humans can get infected through a single bite.



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