West Nile Virus - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Public health officials say the sentinel chicken flock, which is monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District to detect signs of West Nile or other mosquito-borne diseases, is located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang. In North America, cases of West Nile virus (WNV) occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall.

Detection in chickens means there is a risk for the virus to spread to humans through mosquito bites.

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So far this year cases have been reported in Bolivar, Calhoun (2), Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest (5), Hinds (13), Humphreys (2), Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee (3), Leflore, Lincoln (2), Lowndes (2), Madison (4), Monroe (2), Noxubee, Perry, Rankin (7), Scott (2), Sunflower, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties.

Denton County health officials confirmed that a Frisco resident was infected with West Nile virus, making this the third human case of the virus this year. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. Symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches which subside after a few days to weeks. "The evenings are cooler and folks may want to sit outside, but it is very important that they take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites because the viral activity is continuing".

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Eliminate standing and stagnant water to prevent mosquito breeding.

Defend yourself by using insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when outdoors.

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