Third West Nile Virus Case Confirmed In Bay County

Utah’s first West Nile death of 2018 reported in Salt Lake County

An Oxford County resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, in what is believed to be the first human case in the London area this year. The county Health Department says it found no signs of mosquito breeding activity around the resident's home but treated surrounding catch basins with larvicide.

West Nile virus has been confirmed outside of New York City in Nassau, Westchester and Monroe Counties, according to state health department officials.

No human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Glynn County, and the county is being actively treated for mosquitoes.

West Nile is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Last year, the virus infected 48 people, of which six died. In about 75 per cent of infections people have few or no symptoms.

The best way to protect yourself is with an insect repellent with DEET. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

To reduce risk of exposure to the virus, Utahns should use repellent, wear long sleeves and trousers after dusk, remove standing water outside their homes, clean their gutters and keep grass and weeds trimmed short, health officials advised.

Check screens in windows and doors and fix if necessary.

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

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