Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

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"In 2013, we had a West Nile virus mosquito from Cranberry Acres area off of Lambert's Cove Road", Valley said.

OPH is targeting areas where the county is seeing the disease-carrying mosquitoes and will continue to conduct adult mosquito control events.

The State of IL is reporting its first death this season due to an infection of West Nile virus.

Officials say the best ways to avoid mosquito bites are to get rid of standing water and to wear insect repellent.

However, it can develop into a severe illness and cause permanent damage to a person's central nervous system.

- Use an EPA-approved repellent on skin and clothes - always follow the instructions on the label. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

Use screens on open windows and doors.

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) advises citizens that the summer heat this week is a reminder that mosquito season is still here.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash - that usually develop three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

A total of 26 cases have been reported statewide this year, with 10 cases in Jackson.

The case is one of 16 reported cases of the virus in the state so far in 2018. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus look for stagnant water to breed in, so be sure gutters and eaves are clear of leaves and debris.

Additionally, there has been one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which resulted in death.

Officials at the LaSalle County Health Department declined to comment on what part of the county the resident was from, citing patient confidentiality.

The last time a mosquito with West Nile was found on Island was five years ago.

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