Third Frisco resident infected with West Nile virus

Source WAFB

A second death case from West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported in the Midwest State of Iowa, thus bringing the total number of WNV fatalities to 67 across the US this year. Counties with at least one case include - Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton (2), Logan and Summit.

Humans, horses and other animals can become infected with West Nile virus if bitten by an infected mosquito.

Richland County is reminding residents and business owners to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as health officials report an increase in the number of the pests infected with West Nile this year. In recent years, OH reported 17 human West Nile Virus cases in 2016 including four deaths, 35 in 2015 including two deaths and 11 in 2014 including one death.

According to the U.S. Centers for Decease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms.

West Nile virus is passed primarily between birds by mosquito vectors. "The evenings are cooler and folks may want to sit outside, but it is very important that they take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites because the viral activity is continuing".

When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents.

Eliminate standing and stagnant water to prevent mosquito breeding.

ยท Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.

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