Former Plano councilman says West Nile almost killed him

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   VIRUS The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds

The centre for disease control says most people who get infected will show no symptoms, but the disease can be serious for one of about every 150 who are infected.

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

An infected mosquito bite sent healthcare executive Ben Harris to Medical City Plano past year.

In a two-page press release, Interior Health said two dead ravens from the Kimberley area tested positive for West Nile.

There have also been cases of mosquitos spreading the virus to horses and other animals, so horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarians for informations about equine vaccines.

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"Those over 50 and with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of more severe disease".

"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low".

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) made the announcement Thursday, saying all but one of the people diagnosed with the virus have been hospitalized.

A key step in the prevention of West Nile is reduction of mosquito breeding grounds.

Install screens on windows.

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Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Mosquito Control Section has seen an increase of WNV found in wild birds and sentinel chickens.

To assist the state's mosquito control efforts, and to reduce mosquito-breeding habitat for mosquitoes that can transmit WNV, DNREC urges homeowners to practice good water sanitation on their property by eliminating standing water, particularly as might be collected in buckets, containers, uncovered trash cans, stagnant bird baths, old tires and unused swimming pools.

Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves.

Be sure to apply mosquito repellent to bare skin.

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