Two deaths from West Nile virus reported in Greece

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West Nile comes with a few, distinct symptoms that include fever, weakness, muscle pain, and headaches.

West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Worcester, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health.

"We know many people will be outside for this event, and we want to remind the public that personal protection against mosquitoes is critical in the prevention of West Nile virus", said District Manager Gary Goodman.

West Nile virus is transmitted mainly through the bite of infected "common" mosquitoes, according to experts. I really got the feeling he had more experience with West Nile, and had more to say.

The two victims were both over the age of 80.

The state's Mosquito Management Program announced Thursday that three mosquitoes trapped in East Haven tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

"This year, 445 positive mosquito samples outside the Los Angeles County area have been reported in Southern California", said Anais Medina Diaz, public information officer.

"It's a tough thing for people to look out for - it shares a lot of symptoms with many other viruses and bacteria", she said.

GLACVCD works year-round to actively search for and manage water-holding areas such as gutters, ditches, storm drain channels, basins, and non-functional pools and ponds, but there are many more mosquito sources on private property that require the public's attention.

And along with mosquitoes, tacks are also of concern.

REDUCE: Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and try to keep them shut. The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. When using mosquito repellent, district officials said, residents should be mindful that they may need to apply more over the course of an evening.

Cathie Anderson covers health care for The Bee. She joined The Bee in 2002, with roles including business columnist and features editor.

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