Allegheny County Health Department to treat for mosquitoes

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Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.

Dallas County reported its first West Nile Virus death of 2018 on Tuesday.

Mosquito bites can transmit the virus.

The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks. Only about 20 percent of those who come in contact with West Nile virus exhibit any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Controlling an epidemic of WNV infection is a community effort that calls upon residents to take preventative measures to reduce exposure", Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS' interim director, said.

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Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Test results are reported once a week by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected previous year, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

Lyttle added people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus during the months of July and August.

Use effective insect repellent such as DEET or Picaridin.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

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