First human case of West Nile confirmed in St. Tammany Parish

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Officials say the patient has recovered from the virus.

The Perth County Health Unit says the tests on mosquitoes in a trap in the northeastern part of Mitchell came back positive for the virus.

As temperatures rise in midsummer, so do concerns over the threat posed by the West Nile vir... Since then there have been four human cases - all in the Okanagan.

"However, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk".

Residents can reduce their chances of being bitten by infected mosquitoes by draining swimming pools, birdbaths and other items that collect the standing water in which mosquitoes breed; using insect repellent containing DEET when outside between dawn and dusk; and wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors, Bolger and Casey said. "Any activity that prevents mosquitoes from biting or breeding can help to reduce the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus".

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Dump or drain standing water.

Install screens on windows.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.

Fix broken screens on doors and windows to mosquito-proof your home. This is the time of day mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active. It recommends that people wear long-sleeve shirts and trousers when outside and apply mosquito repellents, such as Deet or Picaridin.

Defend yourself - use repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

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