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Precautions against West Nile Virus

(West Nile Virus is still a threat)…The local Public Health Department wants Imperial Valley residents to be aware.

They say locals should continue to take precautions to prevent West Nile Virus. Residents are reminded to apply mosquito repellent when spending time out of doors, especially during the early morning hours and at dusk when mosquitoes are most active. The Health Department says storms like those experienced Thursday create standing water, resulting in increased mosquito activity. Jeff Lamoure, Deputy Director of Environmental Health Services, says local residents must remain vigilant and take precautions to protect themselves and their families from West Nile Virus. Health Officer Doctor Stephen Munday says while West Nile is not new to the area, everyone needs to continue taking the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. He strongly suggests eliminating breeding sources around homes. There have been 93 cases of West Nile Virus and 4 fatalities in the state this year. There have been none in Imperial County this year. Since the Virus was first detected in Imperial County in 2003, a total of 8 human cases have been reported. Mild symptoms of the virus include fever, headaches and body aches. West Nile can be severe in the elderly and individuals with lowered immune systems.