West Nile virus case confirmed in Macomb County

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Toronto has its first human case of West Nile virus of this year, and the city will likely see a few more.

Georgia Public Health officials urged people to protect themselves from mosquito bites. "Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be infected with West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases".

More than a decade ago, Sharon Sims had the idea to help people affected by West Nile virus. Of the 20 per cent who do have symptoms, most will experience mild illness that can include fever, headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting, and a rash on the chest, stomach or back.

Last year, 19 Californians died of West Nile virus.

"West Nile virus can cause a deadly infection in humans, and the elderly are particularly susceptible", CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. For reasons of confidentiality, the California Department of Public Health does not provide additional patient details, including demographic information or the names of hospital providing care.

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Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-approved product to exposed skin or clothing.

Vaccination is the best way to protect horses from both West Nile virus and Eastern Equine encephalitis. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at peak times or consider staying indoors during these hours. Owners are advised to vaccinate their horses annually.

The Health Department's Personal Protection Index (PPI) is at Level 3 (high risk) because of the number of mosquito batches testing positive for WNV. Earlier this week, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness found West Nile-infected mosquitoes in their surveillance traps.

Dusk/Dawn - Mosquitoes carrying West Nile usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.

This news comes just three days after two new cases were reported.

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