67 deaths from West Nile virus reported in US

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Residents and business owners are reminded to practice mosquito safety methods as health officials report an increase in the number of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus this year.

Patricia Quinlisk, medical director with Iowa Public Health Department, confirmed the death case to local radio on Wednesday.

Denton County health officials confirmed that a Frisco resident was infected with West Nile virus, making this the third human case of the virus this year.

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Four sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus near Solvang.

Some people experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, which subside after a few days to weeks.

"The mosquitoes that carry West Nile actually are more prevalent now than they were at the beginning of the summer and we are still having cases of West Nile reported to us", she added. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). "Mosquito season in OH lasts until the first freeze which is not usually until mid-October".

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Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

Residents are also urged to be diligent in ridding their properties of standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

· Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

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