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Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

This system alerts Mosquito Control to the presence of diseases such as West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Highlands J Virus.

Patricia Quinlisk, medical director with Iowa Public Health Department, confirmed the death case to local radio on Wednesday.

The 74-year-old died on September 12, according to the Health Department. WNV cases have been reported in all of the continental United States.

West Nile virus has been detected in four chickens near Solvang, Santa Barbara County Public Health officials said Monday.

MVMD said that West Nile virus cases are down from the same time in 2016.

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West Nile virus is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites.

According to the U.S. Centers for Decease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, West Nile Fever symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands. "Mosquito season in OH lasts until the first freeze which is not usually until mid-October".

Health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes by avoiding outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active - at dusk and dawn.

Residents are also urged to be diligent in ridding their properties of standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.