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Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018”

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

"The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites", said Carey Panier, PCCHD Interim Director of Environmental Health.

There was one human case of West Nile virus in Oxford County in 2017.

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It has been reported to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit that mosquitoes collected from three traps last week in the Dresden, Blenheim and North West Chatham areas have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

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Minimize time spent outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

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