First death of 2015 from West Nile Virus confirmed in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Health officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that one person has died from the West Nile Virus.

This is North Carolina’s first death and first confirmed case in 2015, according to a release from the DHHS.

“This is a tragic reminder that these infections, though relatively rare, can be fatal,” said Dr. Carl Williams, State Public Health Veterinarian. “We see most cases of mosquito-borne illness in the months from August through October, but you can still enjoy your time outdoors by following some basic control measures.”

DHHS recommends the following precautions:

  • Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET (or equivalent) when exposed to mosquitoes.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside and if possible, use air conditioning.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.

For more information visit the CDC’s website.

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