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At least four cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed this season in MA.

A resident of west Gulfport has tested positive for the West Nile virus, prompting mosquito control officials to step up efforts to kill mosquitoes within a one-mile radius of Milner Stadium, an official says.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system. Also, you should consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

If you must be out during these hours, wear light-colored long-sleeve shirts and long trousers. Follow the directions on the package.

Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water because they are excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes. Also, any holes in screen doors or windows should be fixed so that bugs can not find their way inside.

West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the press release.

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So far the health department in Roanoke's health district has not reported any of the 12 cases.But experts do want to use that number to remind you of best practices.

As of Wednesday, there were 19 confirmed human cases of the virus in the state.

Officials at the LaSalle County Health Department declined to comment on what part of the county the resident was from, citing patient confidentiality.

A total of 26 cases have been reported statewide this year, with 10 cases in Jackson.

The CDC has reported less than 20 cases every year dating back to 2013.

West Nile Virus can be particularly risky for the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or people with other medical conditions.


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