West Nile Virus stretches south in Chatham-Kent

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West Nile Virus stretches south in Chatham-Kent

The Prince George's County Health Department on Wednesday announced they had confirmed that jurisdiction's first case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus this year.

"Late August and early September has seen exceptionally hot, humid weather".

Additional precautions issued by the state include covering up exposed skin by wearing long-sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors, and to install or fix window screen to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside your house. It is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. However, most people who become infected with West Nile do not display symptoms.

"We are still in a peak period of West Nile virus transmission in the state so we urge everyone to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites", public health director Dr. Karen Smith wrote in a news release.

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This is the third person in Richardson to be diagnosed with West Nile Virus in the last two years. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Homeowners should drain standing water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs. "Be sure to wear long sleeve shirts and trousers". Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.

CDPH encourages everyone to follow the "4 D's" which can help prevent mosquito bites and the spread of West Nile virus.

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.

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