Two West Nile Virus Deaths Confirmed in Glenn, Yuba counties

Desiree Burns
September 13, 2018

Peel Public Health reminds residents to be vigilant against being bitten by mosquitos during the heart of West Nile virus (WNV) season.

The risk was raised in Saugus, Lynn, Revere, Malden, Melrose, and Winthrop. Coma and paralysis occur in some cases and the virus can be fatal.

Officials confirmed one positive human case in Carrollton last week, Denton County's first this year, Denton County Public Health spokeswoman Jennifer Rainey said. He was hospitalized during his illness.

The patient began to show symptoms in July and subsequent lab testing confirmed the West Nile diagnosis and "is now under medical care", the agency said in an August 1 news release. The risk of serious illness or death is low. There are about 3,000 different species of mosquitoes worldwide, according to, and about 51 in MA.

Additional precautions issued by the state include covering up exposed skin by wearing long-sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors, and to install or fix window screen to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside your house.

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August and September are the months of peak West Nile virus activity in MI.

The recent weather patterns reinforce the need for all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites. "Mosquito Repellent with DEET or Picaridin is also a great way to avoid mosquito bites". Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.

Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside.

DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Rain gutters, drains, unused flower pots, and bird baths should be checked for standing water.

WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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