West Nile virus case confirmed in Mississippi

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Mosquito abatement centers across the state of Utah have been trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus throughout the months of June and July and officials said a pool of mosquitoes in Draper were the first to test positive.

The virus has also been reported in a bird found in Grand Forks.

Toronto Public Health said once a week, 40 mosquito traps are set across Toronto, as part of the city's West Nile virus mosquito reduction program.

But "these mosquitoes can breed in your yard", she reminded.

How much of the virus there is, and how long it's seen, each season depends on the weather, he said.

Hot, dry, weather will amplify the presence of the virus, and if July continues to be hot and dry, "we'll expect to see quite a bit of West Nile going into August and September", Blackford said.

The CDC recommends preventing the disease by using insect repellant, wearing loose and light-fitting clothes that cover arms and legs, eliminating sources of stagnant water, and using screens to protect windows and doors from mosquito entry. Overall, there were 2,038 cases of the virus in the United States of America, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

West Nile activity is not that far away, according to the State of California's West Nile Virus website at westnile.ca.gov.

The West Nile virus is transmitted to humans from mosquito bites, specifically from the Culex mosquito species that are generally active in the early morning or evening. Most at risk for serious illness are people over 50 and those who already have compromised immune systems due to other diseases.

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