Two deaths attributed to West Nile virus in Windsor

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Below are some tips from MSDH that residents should follow to protect themselves from West Nile Virus.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says it has received two separate reports of death attributed to the virus within the last week.

Horton says there are four reported cases of West Nile in humans in Kentucky - two in Fayette and Jefferson Counties and the other two in Hopkins County.

So far this year, health unit staff have found 29 mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile virus and 11 cases have been confirmed in local residents.

"The threat of West Nile Virus never really left our area". In less than one per cent of cases, people develop sever neuro-invastive disease, which is potentially fatal.

He said this is a reminder that West Nile is still out there.

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According to the release, "Brunswick County is thankful the virus is not present locally, citizens can always keep in mind measures to minimize exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities, especially during dusk and dawn".

Clay suggests using an EPA approved insect repellent and removing any items around the home that can hold standing water.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and a hat when outdoors.

If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit our WNV page.

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