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West Nile Virus sweeps America: Cases reported from coast to coast

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West Nile Virus sweeps America: Cases reported from coast to coast

Several local health departments have issued warnings urging residents to stay safe, especially after deaths were confirmed in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina.

The Health Department said the public can assist in identifying areas with water which could become potential breeding sites for the mosquitos, which lay their eggs in water.

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state. MDH says there were 30 West Nile cases last year and 83 the year before.

"The identification of two CT residents with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino in a statement.

There have been five reported human West Nile virus cases in the province, two of which were travel related.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

Earlier this week, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health recorded its first human case of West Nile Virus for the year, and "Today in St. Louis" set to find out the age-old question: Just what can you do to prevent further spread of mosquitos?

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in southern Indiana.

To protect yourself from the disease, experts recommend wearing insect repellent, avoid going outside between dawn and dusk which are peak mosquito feeding times, and to wear loose clothing. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year's first "freezing" temperatures.

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