State health officials say someone has died from a West Nile virus infection, marking the first case of the mosquito-borne illness in North Carolina this year.
State officials did not disclose any details about the death, including where the person lived.
They’re urging people to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses, which peak in North Carolina in August, September and October, according to State Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams. Other mosquito-borne illnesses include eastern equine encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis.
There were only 13 reported cases of West Nile virus in the state from 2010 through 2014, state officials say.
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“This is a tragic reminder that these infections, though relatively rare, can be fatal,” Williams said.
To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, the state Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health recommends:
▪ Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET (or equivalent) when exposed to mosquitoes. Use caution when applying to children.
▪ Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside and, if possible, use air conditioning.
▪ Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.