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Learn to Prevent and Recognize West Nile Virus

GOLDSBORO, August 16, 2012 – Our thoughts are with the family of the Wayne County citizen who passed away this week after contracting the West Nile virus.

To help prevent further cases of this rare disease, we ask that you educate yourself about who’s at risk, and how West Nile is (and isn’t) spread.  Please also learn how to recognize its symptoms, and how you can take simple steps to help protect yourself and your family.

Click here to download West Nile Virus: What You Need to Know, a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, consider these points from The National Public Health Information Coalition:

West Nile Virus Cases as of August 7, 2012

  • Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile virus cases in people, birds or mosquitoes.
  • A total of 390 cases of West Nile virus disease, including eight deaths, have been reported to CDC, as of August 7, 2012.
  • This is the highest number of cases reported through the first week of August since 2004.
  • Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from four states (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma).

West Nile Virus Prevention

  • The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites:
    • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
    • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
    • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.
    • Use your air conditioning, if you have it.
    • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as gutters, flowerpots, buckets, kiddie pools, and birdbaths.
    • Support your local community mosquito control programs.