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The species of mosquito carrying the West Nile Virus can be found in a variety of places such as old tires, stagnant pools of ground water, artificial containers and catch basins.

West Nile virus is transmitted through a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Still, there are some steps you can take to protect your family from mosquitoes this summer.

Apply mosquito larvicide, sometimes called mosquito "dunks", to areas of standing water that can not be drained.

A total of 16 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile so far this season. Those who do get sick commonly experience fever, nausea, headache and body aches within 3 to 14 days of the bite. The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis. The illness tends to be more serious in certain groups, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Collin County health officials alerted Frisco staff Monday about the case in the 75035 zip code, adding the patient did not report any travel history outside of the United States.

There have already been two human cases of the virus in IL this year. Most people with this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit says the results came from two pools of mosquitoes. It made its first appearance in Niagara in 2001 in a dead blue jay.


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