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West Nile Virus Found in Local Mosquitoes, No Human Cases Reported

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Officials with a local health department say that mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile Virus; however, no positive human cases have been reported so far this year.

Two Rivers Public Health Department says the virus has been found in mosquitoes tested in Dawson County.

The virus spreads to people after they are bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus and may cause symptoms of fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph glands and eye pain. In some situations, serious illness can occur, which may include more extreme symptoms.

Health officials say most cases of West Nile Virus in humans are reported in August in September and as a way to ward off the virus, are offering a few tips on how to protect yourself.

They recommend limiting time spent outdoors, especially in the morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. Other tips include: wear light-weight long-sleeved shirts and pants, drain standing water that may be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and wear an insect repellent containing DEET.

If using DEET, officials have the following recommendations:

  • Do not use a product that combines insect repellent and sun screen. 
  • Read all instructions on the label before applying. 
  • Do not spray in enclosed areas or near food. 
  • Apply DEET on exposed skin; do not use under clothing. 
  • Do not apply directly on children. Apply to your own hands and then put it on the child. 
  • If a person is having a reaction to a product containing DEET, wash the area immediately and contact your health care provider or a local poison control center. 
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