Public health has tips on how to avoid virus spread by mosquitoes

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Hamilton Public Health is warning the public to take precautions after several mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

IL also reported its first case of West Nile, a man in his 60s from Will County who got sick in June.

In 2016 the first human case of West Nile virus was reported June 6. IL saw 155 in 2016, including six deaths.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. Symptoms appear in three to 14 days and include fever headache and body aches.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion, Massachusetts.

Denton County had one of its traps test positive for the virus near the end of last month.

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But some human cases can be more severe. "That's where mosquitoes like to breed".

Additional information about mosquitoes in the state can be found on the Louisiana Department of Health's website. "It's just a matter of when they're going to find it in most of the counties in IN, so it comes down to personal protection and trying to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds".

"That's the only way that the virus is transmitted, dawn and dusk when the mosquito population is out, stay in the house during those times", Eggebrecht added.

The City of Greenville has not yet received any word of West Nile in local mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves and trousers when outside and use insect repellent with DEET or picaridin.

"We encourage residents to drain standing water surrounding their homes and utilize EPA-approved repellant when outdoors".

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