Alberta Health Services reminding locals to protect themselves from West Nile infection

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"The first case of 2018 is a reminder that each year we have WNV cases in MS and that all Mississippians need to act now to reduce their risk of infection regardless of where they live in the state", he said.

Lead Medical Officer of Health for the South Zone, Dr. Vivien Suttorp, says with exposure to mosquitoes comes the risk of West Nile virus.

Culex tarsalis is the mosquito that carries the west Nile virus.

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The virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes collected June 18 in Easton.

Use insect repellents with DEET, Icaridin and other approved ingredients on skin and on clothing.

"It's imperative that county residents be aware that West Nile Virus is active and to avoid mosquito bites by whatever means necessary", said Matthew Ball, District Manager for the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

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Employees regularly count mosquitoes caught in traps located in half a dozen areas in Huron, including Winter Park, Ravine Lake Park, Kunhart Field, Sportsman's Club, the new Southtown water tower in southeast Huron and the state Game, Fish & Parks Department on the state fairgrounds.

In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile virus. If people get bitten by an infected mosquito, they can contract West Nile or other mosquito-borne viruses.

Check that door and window screens fit properly and don't have any holes.

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