First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Minn.

By KBJR News 1

First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Minn.

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM CDT

Murray County, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in a Minnesota.

A Murray County man became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering.

Health officials are advising people to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Officials say the species of mosquito that transmits the disease are most abundant in July and August.

One out of 150 people bitten by a mosquito infected with WNV will develop central nervous system disease.

Officials say 10 percent of people who are infected with the disease will die from the illness and survivors can suffer long-term nervous system problems.

A few ways to keep yourself protected from contracting WNV are to:

- Use repellents containing DEET
- Use permethrin on clothing (not skin). The strong repellent will kill mosquitoes that come into contact with the clothing.
- Minimize outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, times when the insect is most active.
- Wear loose fitting, long sleeve- shirts and long pants when outside.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com