(10:10 AM) County Confirms Detection Of West Nile Virus

The West Nile virus is strong, but it can be cured if the patient will notice the symptoms and immediately contact with doctors. In 2017, there were 268 human cases of the virus in the county, and a record 27 deaths.

Los Angeles County health officials confirmed the first West Nile virus death on Wednesday, the latest in a handful of deaths related to the illness in the state this season. "Everyone should take precautions by using Environmental Protection Agency-registered mosquito repellent when outside and checking weekly for items that collect standing water in their homes or yards where mosquitoes can breed". Most people with West Nile generally recover and death is extremely rare. Humans - and horses - get the disease when they're bitten by those mosquitoes.

The Knox County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes in these areas on Thursday, Oct. 11 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., weather permitting, to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of West Nile Virus spreading to humans. The previous high after 2003 had been 60 cases with four deaths in 2012. The symptoms typically last only a few days.

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According to the Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

Officials say most people infected do not become ill but if they do, the virus can cause headaches and fever, body aches and occasionally, a skin rash or swollen glands. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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