West Nile Virus Contracted by Dozens in Israel

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"Most people will not experience any symptoms but we still want everyone to take precaution because persons that are 60 years and older are most at risk for the more severe symptoms and also if they have a chronic illness", Heather Kretzer, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Bay County said.

There have been no reported human cases in the area. Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites.

Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites.

Interior Health says people over 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk, and the risk of contracting the disease is highest in July and August.

MI has seen outbreaks of West Nile virus every summer since 2002.

Although the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, the health authority warns that wild birds should not be handled using bare hands.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the human case of West Nile becomes at least the 232nd reported across the country this year as of Tuesday.

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"Further cases are expected to be diagnosed in the coming period and West Nile virus infections are likely to occur in other geographical areas", it said. Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water.

Prevent mosquitos breeding near your home.

Officials asked residents to remove any standing water on their property.

Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens.

Residents should wear light coloured clothing, long trousers, long sleeves, as well as shoes and socks during peak mosquito times to prevent mosquito bites. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

"People can avoid insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing tops with long sleeves".

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