WEST NILE THREAT More Mosquitoes Carry Deadly Virus In West Virginia
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Reported: Aug. 16, 2012 5:49 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 16, 2012 6:05 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A national West Nile virus outbreak is raising concerns in West Virginia, where four suspected human cases are under investigation.
While that is about the normal yearly number here, testing shows that more mosquitoes are carrying the potentially deadly disease.
State health experts say use insect repellant, avoid peak mosquito hours at dawn and dusk and wear long sleeves.
Dr. Danae Bixler of the state Bureau for Public Health said probably the most important step to take is to empty standing water in your yard. “If you have standing water, that's where mosquitoes breed. You can protect yourself, your family and your community by emptying standing water," Bixler said.
The nation's worst outbreak is in Dallas, where 10 people have died so far this summer. Some 700 cases are reported nationwide.