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County sample tests positive for West Nile

Cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in 36 states including California Florida Georgia Iowa Louisiana Massachusetts Minnesota North Carolina and Texas according to the CDC

Dozens of states are reporting a boom in cases of people contracting West Nile Virus.

Use mosquito repellant (Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents).

Humans with WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures that are severe enough to require medical attention, Dr. Eichold said.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

In 2017, there were 68 human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado, including four deaths.

This is the fifth positive sample within five weeks, and the city remains at a moderate risk level for people acquiring West Nile virus from the bite of an infected mosquito, according to Pittsfield Health Director Gina Armstrong.

More than 100 people across the country have tested positive for the illness this year.

Public health workers also advise removing standing water from your property. Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.

Change water in birdbaths frequently, at least once a week.

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas. Report swimming pools that are not being properly maintained by contacting the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022 or www.fightthebite.net/pool-program.

Wear protective clothing such as hats, long sleeve shirt and trousers.

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.

Also, be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix to avoid mosquito bites when indoors.

The cases, mostly in the western suburbs of Athens, mark a reappearance of the virus after an outbreak past year when Greek authorities registered 48 cases, resulting in five deaths.