Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Attala County joins list of West Nile locations

Attala County joins list of West Nile locations

A North Dakota Department of health report shows there have been more than 100 cases of West Nile virus in North Dakota this season, the highest total since 2013, when there were 127.

Additional precautions issued by the state include covering up exposed skin by wearing long-sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors, and to install or fix window screen to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside your house.

The recent weather patterns reinforce the need for all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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.

The town of Carver has raised its risk level to moderate for West Nile Virus and has issued a set of precautions for residents to avoid being infected. The repellent should have DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.

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

Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.

DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Some of the most common places that water collects are gutters, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays.

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

The West Nile Virus has made its way to Chatham's southeast end.

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

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