First positive West Nile mosquito pool found

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Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control announced Thursday that several mosquitos in Butte County are plagued with West Nile and the virus is now active in Butte County.

Local residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites.

Just a few weeks into the official summer season and mosquitos, people and animals across 30 states have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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"This first case of 2018 is a reminder that each year we have WNV cases in MS and that all Mississippians need to act now to reduce their risk of infection regardless of where they live in the state".

The reported case is in Hinds County.

The public is encouraged to become part of the state's monitoring effort for West Nile virus by reporting any dead birds that may have been dead for less than 48 hours. It's been reported in other countries for more than 50 years. If people get bitten by an infected mosquito, they can contract West Nile or other mosquito-borne viruses.

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What Are the Symptoms of West Nile?

Minor, non-neurological symptoms include fever, chills, nausea and fatigue while serious, neurological symptoms include tremors, drowsiness, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death. All age groups are susceptible, but the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe forms of the disease.

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