State Health Officials Announce First West Nile Deaths In 2018

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There has been one fatality - a Dallas County resident - and at least 10 cases of West Nile illness in North Texas this year, according to state and local health departments.

"Late August and early September has seen exceptionally hot, humid weather".

Officials say the virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

To avoid mosquito bites, people should use insect repellent while outside.

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West Nile virus is a mosquito-carried virus that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious symptoms, although most people infected show no symptoms.

California health officials confirmed Monday two deaths in state due to the West Nile virus - one each in Glenn County and Yuba County. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

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

Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.

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Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Some of the most common places that water collects are gutters, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays.

"Unfortunately you can still get west Nile". 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.

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