Mosquitoes in 9 Greenville County locations test positive for West Nile virus

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"For the vast majority of people, even those that are exposed to the West Nile Virus, they won't have any symptoms what so ever", said Hausbeck.

Half of the deaths were registered in Bucharest, with the other three being reported in Buzau, Braila, and Olt.

The statement added that, to date, 52 pools or batches of mosquitoes and one bird have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2017.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness.

"An additional report of serious illness serves as a reminder to our community of the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites", said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Health District.

Try to stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn). The virus survives in nature in birds and is transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. The two others sickened by West Nile virus were from Oakland and Macomb counties. About one in five infected persons will have mild illness with fever, and about one in 150 infected people will become severely ill.

People 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious illness when infected with WNV.

When people do show symptoms, they can mimic those of flu or what people call "stomach flu", Dr. Soule noted.

Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include: stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and long sleeves when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.

Be sure that window and door screens are tight fitting and in good fix.

Homeowners are also advised to remove standing water from around the home, and ensure screens are free from breaks or rips.

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