Health officials urge community to take precautions against mosquitoes

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In few people infected by WNV develop serious symptoms.

"Detecting the first human case of West Nile Virus this year serves as a great reminder for Pennsylvanians to take the proper precautions when they are outside or near areas where mosquitoes are prevalent", Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites.

On July 18, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health collected two samples of mosquitos from the southeast corner of town.

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According to Ashlyn Becton, the City of Valdosta uses every resource available to protect its citizens from mosquito-borne diseases through a Public Works operated spraying and larvicide program, a joint surveillance program with Valdosta State University and Lowndes County, and through public education.

In 2017, the health district reported three cases of West Nile virus. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

The agency suggests that homeowners clear any standing water around their properties, because that's where the bugs like to lay their eggs.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

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Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely. Most people recover without long-term problems.

Tips to reduce the risk of WNV are to apply repellent, reduce expose of clothes, limit your outdoor times between dust and dawn and get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.

Visit the department's website at westnile.sd.gov for more information.

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