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Expert says West Nile Virus Cases in Beaufort County Linked to Hurricane

Expert says West Nile Virus Cases in Beaufort County Linked to Hurricane”

"In an abundance of caution, we are working with the DeKalb County Board of Health and redoubling our efforts to minimize any exposure to the West Nile virus in Brookhaven", City Manager Christian Sigman said in a news release.

Beaufort County's first human case was confirmed October 20, less than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit the area.

In humans, West Nile virus can cause fever and encephalitis, an infection that can cause inflammation of the brain and death. Any person that comes across a dead crow or blue jay should contact their local health department.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 32 cases of West Nile virus reported as of July 2 this year.

The reminder was issued after the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit announced that Collingwood has West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes.

Although only two out of 10 people bitten by an infected mosquito will show any symptoms of illness, it can in some cases be life threatening, particularly for people over 50.

Citizens are urged to take necessary precautions to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent with DEET and wearing long sleeves and long trousers at dusk and dawn.

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