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Yellowstone County man died after contracting West Nile Virus

Yellowstone County man died after contracting West Nile Virus”

West Nile virus can be spread to people through mosquito bites, but it is not spread from person to person.

Mosquitoes in York County have tested positive for West Nile virus and Mainers should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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KCHD wants to again remind residents to take precautions by wearing bug spray that contains DEET and to drain any standing water where mosquitos can breed.

The risk for being bitten by a mosquito is highest from dusk to dawn and when temperatures are above 50 degrees, and especially above 60 degrees.

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The person, whom authorities did not identify, became sick earlier in the month and tested positive for West Nile virus, the mosquito-transmitted virus that causes symptoms including fever, headaches, and muscle aches. Cookman says you need to look at the label to make sure it has 20 to 30% DEET, a repellent ingredient. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system.

Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours. Also, any holes in screen doors or windows should be fixed so that bugs can not find their way inside.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is the state's first human case of West Nile virus since 2015. There were 63 cases in 2017 and one death, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Additionally, there has been one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which resulted in death. Of that number, two were Montgomery County residents.

West Nile Virus can be particularly unsafe for the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or people with other medical conditions.

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