West Nile virus death reported in southeastern NC

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From 2012-2017, there were 25 reported cases of West Nile virus in the state and seven reported deaths.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning residents in southeastern Saskatchewan that the risk of West Nile virus infection is increasing. To protect the patient's identity, the department is not releasing additional details.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said north-central, south-central, and southwest Kansas at at high risk, while northeast, southeast, and northwest Kansas are at moderate risk for West Nile infections.

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"Usually we detect West Nile virus in dead birds first, but this year we've been getting very few dead bird reports from the public, so we haven't had many to test", said Schutz.

According to the District, the confirmation of infected mosquitoes comes less than one week after the District confirmed chickens tested positive for antibodies against West Nile virus near Knightsen. "We see most cases of West Nile virus from July through November".

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Orleans Parish so far.

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People bitten by mosquitoes may be infected by the virus. Other mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in the state that cause human illness include LaCrosse and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses.

More information on the prevention of mosquito bites is available on the Division of Public Health's website and through the CDC.

Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week. The agency recommended using insect repellent, wearing loose-fitting clothing and avoiding skin exposure during peak mosquito feeding times at dawn and dusk in order to avoid being infected.

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