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West Nile Virus confirmed in Spokane County Mosquitoes

West Nile Virus confirmed in Spokane County Mosquitoes”

The risk of infection from handling birds is very low; however, you should not use your bare hands to handle wild birds (dead or alive).

Dusk/dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors.

The West Nile Virus has been a problem in IL. Humans, horses and other mammals can be infected.

- Health officials are investigating a reported case of West Nile Virus in Gwinnett County.

The spread of WNV in horses is preventable with proper vaccination and horse owners are urged to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date.

When present, West Nile virus symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. The first human case in IL is not usually reported until July or later.

'Those over 50 and with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of more severe disease. "I strongly encourage everyone to keep using insect repellant and to be especially aware of mosquito activity at dusk and dawn when the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is greatest". Fort Bend County Road and Bridge began to spray the area for mosquitoes. Scrub and refill pet water dishes and bird baths regularly. Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. It's only the second time officials have taken that step.

Repel mosquitoes by wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks and by applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to product instructions.

·Use mosquito repellent. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.

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