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West Nile virus found in mosquito

11 August 2018

The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. According to their SC DHEC regional map on their website, Sumter County is a part of the Pee Dee region.

A statement from the public health department says that no human cases have been reported this year. WNV, a mosquito-borne illness, can become serious, and DPH reminds people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. DCHHS did not disclose any additional details in order to protect the person's privacy.

According to the report, occasionally live chickens are tested to determine if West Nile is present in a particular area.

Febrile illness in some people.

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They say two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.

Severe symptoms in a few people.

Symptoms of severe WNV infection include headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness.

Khan suggests protecting yourself by wearing long trousers outside, eliminating standing water on your property and wearing insect repellant containing DEET. - Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing screens in windows and doors. This makes it important for residents to evaluate yards on a weekly basis and eliminate standing water.

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∫ Wear loose, light-colored clothing while outside.

"I know it might be uncomfortable, considering the heat", said Natalie Kwit, State Public Health Veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health, "but you should wear long sleeves and long trousers when outside".

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West Nile virus found in mosquito