Health officials alert Boston residents to increased risk of West Nile virus

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The first human case of West Nile virus in Ottawa County has been confirmed, the county department of public health announced August 31.

Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms of illness, but some may become ill, usually three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

While most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, others can develop fever, headache, body aches and stiffness.

And according to the State Department of Health, there are seven West Nile cases and at least one death reported in Georgia.

"Bewitch precautions to shield yourself from mosquito bites and West Nile virus", Health Division Executive Director Sign Pfister said in a absorbing observation.

Birds and horses can also contract the virus.

Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing. As of Friday, 31 human cases have been confirmed and this number is expected to grow throughout the next few weeks.

MMAD has confirmed 66 positive mosquito tests out of 424 samples.

Keep in mind to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten. In some folks, severe illness collectively with meningitis or encephalitis, and even loss of life, can happen.

Hokanson says West Nile could be fatal.

Recommendations consist of draining standing water from gadgets spherical properties, yards, and businesses. "But then I said, well with all the rain and everything anything's possible with the mosquitos that have been out and about as much as they have been".

There have been 391 positive cases of West Nile in mosquitoes in MA so far this year, according to DPH.

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