MI blood donor tests positively for West Nile

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MI blood donor tests positively for West Nile

The KDHE says four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning for West Nile including north central, south central, northwest and southwest Kansas.

City officials said mosquitoes in Hartford have tested positive for carrying West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes like this one can infect human beings with the West Nile Virus.

There are no vaccines or medications to treat WNV. People who have had the virus before are considered immune.

Yavapai County health officials have found no evidence of West Nile Virus this monsoon season.

Here are three things to know about the West Nile virus, which was first reported in the U.S.in 1999.

Bites from Culex pipiens, or the northern house mosquito, are the primary cause of WNV human infections in MI.

"You can prevent mosquito bites by covering exposed skin or using repellents that contain DEET or icaridin. So does receiving an organ transplant", according to the CDC, which also noted the risk can be lessened by wearing long sleeves and trousers, using insect repellent and keeping screens on windows and doors. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Also, residents are reminded to dispose of water-holding containers in their yards, like ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, and clean out gutters. The mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they bite an infected bird. Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your horse to protect them against WNV.

Health Director Dennis Johnson said no mosquito has tested positive in town this year and only one tested positive last year.

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