Human cases of West Nile positively identified in Simcoe Muskoka

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"While most people infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms of the illness and pass it on their own, even healthy people have become severely ill for weeks when infected", Grow said.

Half of the deaths were registered in Bucharest, with the other three being reported in Buzau, Braila, and Olt.

In the data released on August 15, DHEC said nine samples from mosquito pools and one bird in Greenville County tested positive for the virus.

"That's partly due to how many mosquitoes have the West Nile Virus and also the conditions", he said.

He said symptoms of West Nile can mimic those of flu or what people call "stomach flu".

Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning).

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"This is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect against mosquito bites throughout the summer and into the fall", Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, said in the press release.

Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said. And it is also observed that some people fell ill after 3 to 15 days of the infected mosquito bite. So, it is advised that if people experience any symptoms of West Nile Virus then they should immediately contact the nearest healthcare provider. Symptoms can include a headache, fatigue, skin rash, swollen lymph glands and eye pain along with fever. West Nile is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, which has fed on an infected bird, human or other animal.

People over 50 and those with weak immune systems are most at risk. However, some people - less than one percent - will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. If you have standing water, get rid of it.

Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure to mosquito bites (i.e., long trousers and long-sleeved shirts).

Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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