Second human case of West Nile virus found in Box Elder County

Five of the seven confirmed human cases are from the Upstate region. Along with the human cases there have been the detection of West Nile Virus in five birds and one horse

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In late August, the Windsor-Essex Health Unit said a resident had tested positive for the virus - the first confirmed human case of the year. "Please continue to take precautions". Those are EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites. More than 1,600 mosquito samples have been found to carry the virus.

The Prince George's announcement came 11 days after the Maryland Department of Health the state's first "confirmed and locally acquired case" of the West Nile virus, an adult who lives in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions.

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The risk of serious illness or death from West Nile Virus is low.

DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. It is also recommended to drain any standing water.

Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

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Wearing protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks. Rain gutters, drains, unused flower pots, and bird baths should be checked for standing water. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals. The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

For more information contact the health contact at 424-0272, or on Facebook.

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