ND West Nile virus cases more than triple in a week

Wayne CurryAug 10, 2018

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County.

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County this July.

Complaints regarding properties with stagnant water in tires, unmaintained swimming pools or other water-holding containers can be reported to the Health Department's Housing and Community Environment program by calling 412-350-4046.

DCHHS said there is now no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus.

The Brant County Health Unit has seen three positive human cases for West Nile Virus so far this summer.

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The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Take extra protection measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Use effective insect repellent such as DEET or Picaridin.

Remove standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

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