Mosquitoes in Marion County test positive for West Nile virus

The best way to steer clear of the West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites Pierre Pilon says.							Postmedia News

Two more IN counties are reporting finding mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

South Dakota has recorded its first case of human West Nile virus of 2019.

DUSK - Stay indoors from dusk until dawn.

· Use insect repellent registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that contain ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, PMD, and permethrin (clothing only).

Clayton says South Dakota historically has a disproportionately high number of West Nile virus case compared with other states.

· Wear protective clothing outdoors such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks.

Health officials in Marion and Hamilton counties said Tuesday they've found such mosquitoes for the first time this year.

The health department is encouraging everyone to remove any standing water from their home of property, as that is where mosquitoes most like to breed.

Many people infected with the virus idon't get sick and do not develop symptoms, but when they do, they can include flu-like illnesses or more severe symptoms such as swelling of the brain which can lead to coma, convulsions and death, the department said. Those who develop symptoms will commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash.

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