Tazewell County Reports West Nile Virus

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"To date, a total of 63 deaths due to West Nile virus infection have been reported by Serbia (21), Greece (16), Italy (13), Romania (12), and Kosovo (1)", the ECDC said. That includes three people who died as a result of the illness.

Hendry and Glades Counties remain on the list as among those to have never reported a single case of West Nile Virus. Symptoms similar to flu symptoms and include fever, headache and nausea. Anyone who experiences any of these severe symptoms should seek medical help immediately. Three Connecticut residents were diagnosed with the West Nile infection a year ago.

"We have a flock of chickens that we keep in different strategic locations around the county and then we can take blood samples from those chickens to see if they are developing antibodies to virus", said Eric Jackson of the Lee County Mosquito Control District. The CDC now recommends wearing insect repellent whenever you go out. Check for ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.

- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours.

"Residents can reduce the risk of being bitten by minimizing time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active", said Director of Heath Maura Esposito. Use your air conditioning, if you have it. "In addition to having more positive tests in Clermont County this year, overall we have trapped a higher number of mosquitoes as well".

Lafayette Consolidated Government's contracted mosquito abatement experts remind you to never leave any standing water on your property as that is the ideal breading ground for mosquitoes.

Mosquito-proof your home. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.