Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Cape May County Man Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Cape May County Man Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

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. Half of North Dakota counties have confirmed a human case. "Please continue to take precautions", the district said.

Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting.

The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

Routine testing of the blood supply identified West Nile in six MI blood donorsState officials report a recent increase in the number of West-Nile-infected mosquitos and birdays. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

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Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department.

Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside. Some of the most common places that water collects are gutters, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays. If an animal is diagnosed with West Nile virus or EEE, owners are required to report to the Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the DPH by calling 617-983-6800.

While West Nile has not been found in Carver, a ban is in effect for all outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

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

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