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West Nile virus is spread by infected mosquitos.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials.

With the arrival of summer in the United States, several state health departments are reporting their first West Nile virus (WNV)-positive mosquito samples of the season, and reminding the public to take precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitos.

This week, a trap location in Tulsa County confirmed that the sample of mosquitoes have the virus.

To prevent mosquito bites and protect against WNV, health experts recommend the use of a bug repellant including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 in the ingredients.

Mosquitoes can be more than pesky insects.

In a statement, they said, "It is important for residents to keep in mind to take precautions against WNV and other mosquito borne illness".

While 80 percent of the people infected suffer no symptoms, those who do commonly report headaches, fevers, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

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Dress appropriately by wearing long sleeve shirts and long trousers when outdoors. We have known that West Nile virus is in our area for many years.

Do not apply repellent near the eyes or mouth and use it sparingly around ears.

As of June 27, the ISDH released a warning to locals in Elkhart and Carroll County (link goes to the ISDH's live monitoring of the virus) that the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the area. Parents should read labels carefully and follow instructions for repellent application.

Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water. Treat standing water that can not be eliminated with a mosquito larvicide.

Public works will continue tracking mosquito activity throughout the city limits and will maintain its aggressive spraying and larvicide efforts to control the mosquito population, according to city officials.

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

About one in 150 people infected will develop a more serious illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis.


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