Six cases of West Nile reported in Lancaster County

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A Cambridge woman has been diagnosed with West Nile virus, one of four human cases of the mosquito-borne illness reported so far in MA, the city's Public Health Department said Tuesday. Ten of those were confirmed and six were probable, the health department said in a release. Humans can be infected with the West Nile Virus after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. The mosquitoes then infect the humans and animals they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Earlier this week, the Maine CDC said an adult from Cumberland County was diagnosed with West Nile virus.

DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.

However, it can develop into a severe illness and cause permanent damage to a person's central nervous system. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours. Follow the directions on the package.

Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning, or window and door screens.

The case is one of 16 reported cases of the virus in the state so far in 2018. There have been confirmed cases in CT this season as well.

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Only about 20 percent of those who get infected with West Nile will notice any symptoms.

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

A health department official tells us in the last five years, the reported human cases range from 6 to 21, making the average 11 cases per year.

There are no vaccines to prevent West Nile virus or medications to treat it, but over-the-counter pain and fever reducers can help.

West Nile has impacted 58 IL counties this year in animal and mosquito cases.

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