Arkansas Identifies 2 Cases of West Nile Virus

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The donated blood was discarded, and the person in whose blood the virus was found has been notified, said Lisa Almaguer, a Butte County Public Health Department spokeswoman.

So far this year, 29 OH counties have reported West Nile virus found in mosquitoes collected through a statewide surveillance. About a month ago, DCPH reported the first case in a Little Elm resident.

OH reported 17 human cases of West Nile virus previous year.

"Between 80-90 percent of people will be asymptomatic so the vast majority of people will have no symptoms", Dr. Haman said.

Most people (about four in five) infected with the West Nile Virus will not develop any symptoms.

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The virus grows in birds, and it is transmitted from bird to bird and then from birds to humans by mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus has been detected in some local communities.

No human cases of West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been identified so far this year though peak mosquito season is just getting underway.

Piedmont Medical Center doctors say the concern for West Nile virus is mostly in elderly people.

Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors.

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DUSK and DAWN - Although mosquitoes associated with Zika can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Remove any puddles or standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed, including birdbaths, swimming/wading pools, old tires, buckets and plant containers.

If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

Make sure screens in windows and doors are tight-fitting to keep mosquitoes out.

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