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Wilson County resident dies of West Nile Virus

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WILSON, N.C. -

A Wilson County adult has become the first person to die from West Nile virus in North Carolina this year.Thurday.

Health officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are encourage residents and to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

West Nile Virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses common to North Carolina.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 696 cases of West Nile virus disease nationwide through September 10 of this year, including 28 deaths.  The Wilson County case was the first confirmed in our state in 2013.

DHHS recommends the following precautions to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites around your home and business: 

  • Eliminate standing water in places like flower pots, discarded containers, gutters and kiddie pools.
  • Clean ornamental ponds and ensure that filtration systems are functioning properly.
  • Clean and change water in horse troughs at least once a week.
It also is important to keep window screens and panes in good condition to prevent entry of insects into your home, and to wear long sleeves, pants and socks while outdoors when weather permits.

Health officials say mosquitoes are most active from dawn to dusk, so if you plan to be outdoors, always use repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin. 
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