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West Nile Virus found in New Hanover Co. mosquito

West Nile Virus found in New Hanover Co. mosquito

The entirety of Kansas is at high risk for the West Nile virus, according to the latest report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

A key way of preventing mosquito bites and the chance of West Nile Virus that can come with them is to wear mosquito repellant when you go outside, according to Krista Jenkins, director of Douglas County Mosquito Abatement. The virus was previously confirmed in Lehigh County this year.

It has been confirmed as the first human case of West Nile in Toronto in 2019 and it serves a reminder to always take the proper precautions.

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"While West Nile positive mosquitoes are not unusual for this time of year, this indicates that West Nile infected mosquitoes are now present throughout our community".

Symptoms of the virus usually develop two to 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. The first case in 2018 was reported on July 27.

To reduce the risk of contracting West Nile, you are advised to apply insect repellant often, dispose of standing water around your home and wear socks, long, loose and light-colored shirts and trousers. Also apply insect repellent containing DEET especially during dawn and dusk which are peak mosquito biting hours. That includes any water that collects such items as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

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