West Nile virus in the UP

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"The first samples of the strain of mosquito that carries West Nile virus has been found in the province".

The Bannock County Board of Commissioners signed an emergency declaration Thursday regarding mosquitoes and West Nile virus.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 35 people were diagnosed with the virus in 2016.

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In Colorado, mosquitoes have been know to transmit diseases West Nile virus, western equine encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, and heartworm in dogs, states the Colorado State University Extension website.

Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. While others may develop more mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, or a rash on the chest, stomach or back lasting for a few days to several weeks.

About 75 percent of the people infected with the West Nile virus don't show symptoms, according to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.

The best way to avoid the infection is mosquito prevention, which includes wearing light or loose clothing, eliminate standing water in the home, ensuring all screens are working with no punctures, and using insect repellent.

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