West Nile-associated death reported in Tarrant County

West Nile-associated death reported in Tarrant County

West Nile-associated death reported in Tarrant County

The Mississippi State Department of Heath reported its third human case of West Nile virus for the year.

The mosquitoes were found in an area north of Honcut and south of Palermo.

TCPH said previous year there were two West Nile-associated deaths in the season. Residents of Columbus should call 311.

The virus risk is low, but the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment warned that hotter days in July and August are flawless conditions for the Culex mosquito and the virus.

"It's imperative that county residents be aware that WNV (West Nile virus) is active and to avoid mosquito bites by whatever means necessary", said mosquito district manager Matt Ball. This is the second case reported in Forrest County so far this year.

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Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days. "The best protection against West Nile virus - and other mosquito-borne illnesses including Zika - is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes".

Because of the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations. While there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds, individuals should not attempt to catch or handle the birds.

-DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an insect repellant using the active ingredients of either DEET, Picaridin or Lemon Eucalyptus.

Ensure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

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