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West Nile virus found in mosquito sample in Sycamore

West Nile virus found in mosquito sample in Sycamore

Of the nearly 600 people who tested positive for the Zika virus since 2015 in California, none were infected locally.

The 44-year-old from Clermont County is recovering and didn't require hospitalization, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Fifteen mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus in Butte County this summer.

Statewide, 22 cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year, mostly in Kern, Kings, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. St. Louis seemed to disappear after West Nile became the dominant virus, but it has reappeared in some counties in the last two or three years, Heft said.

Officials said they don't yet know if anyone has actually contracted West Nile, but they aren't taking any chances when it comes to stopping the spread of the disease. It cannot be directly passed between horses or from horses to humans, though people can contract both diseases. Fewer than 1% of people who are infected come down with a neurological illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

Public health officials reported Wednesday that they have confirmed the second human case of West Nile Virus in Denton County in 2017. When outside, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

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Residents are encouraged to avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active, usually in the early morning and evening.

DRAIN - Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around and outside your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

Make sure screens in windows and doors are tight-fitting to keep mosquitoes out.

Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors.


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