First human case of West Nile reported in Pine Belt

In this Jan. 27 2016 file

West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, a mild form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash.

"If you have concerns about the virus or develop symptoms, you should contact your health care provider", Bell said.

Some precautions include using mosquito repellant with an effective ingredient, draining all sources of standing water which may support mosquito-breeding habitats, assuring doors and window screens are fitted tightly to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home, avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk- when mosquitoes are most active- and dressing appropriately when outdoors by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure. "We urge residents to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves in the early morning and evening hours, to prevent bites that could infect them with a serious illness". Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

Officials warned residents of the receding flood waters that are expected to create standing water pools, potentially attracting mosquitoes with West Nile virus.

Officials emphasize the public plays a vital role in controlling the spread of all mosquito-borne diseases.

Routine mosquito abatement operations will continue throughout Canyon County, however nighttime ultra-low volume fogging will take place in the affected area and will continue Friday at sundown, if weather permits.

For National Mosquito Awareness Week, Polster said they will be donating a portion of their sales to the American Red Cross next week. DHEC is now accepting submission of birds through November 30.

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