First 2017 death from West Nile virus in New Mexico

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"Although reports of human cases are not common locally, we know that West Nile virus is present in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts because it has been confirmed in birds and in mosquitos in previous years", Dr.

There have been a total of 87 human West Nile virus cases so far this year in California, with 28 new cases reported this week.

To keep yourself safe from mosquitos, you're urged to use repellant and clear any standing water from your property.

Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer, however mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus continue for all area residents.

SCDHEC says most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms.

The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease. Individuals who think they may have a West Nile Virus-related illness should visit their healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dawn and dusk are the times when mosquitoes are most active, so be most aware of them at those times, Davis said.

You can find more information on West Nile Virus from SCDHEC on their website and YouTube channel.

The four recent cases in Bernalillo County include a 65-year-old woman now hospitalized, as well as a 57-year-old man, a 60-year-old man, and a 75-year-old man, all of whom have been treated and recently released from local hospitals.

People living in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Long Beach, Whittier and more than a dozen other cities have been diagnosed with the virus, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. Two dead birds have also tested positive for the virus.

The Health Department's Personal Protection Index (PPI) is at Level 3 (high risk) because of the number of mosquito batches testing positive for WNV.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. The advice from the health unit to avoid bites is wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves and long trousers as well as shoes and socks when outside. Horse owners should work with their veterinarian to make sure their horse is properly vaccinated.

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