State News Person dies of West Nile Virus in Monroe County

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A person infected with West Nile Virus has died in Monroe County, the health department confirms.

The first case of the disease this year in Monroe County was reported last month. Officials say this is the time of the year when the risk of the disease is at its highest.

The health department issued the following recommendations:

• Minimize outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active 
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover exposed skin (when practical) 
•  Use insect repellent containing DEET. Be certain to follow manufacturer’s instructions and wash off the repellent once inside for the evening 
• Drain standing water on property and empty any containers that can hold water to reduce mosquito breeding areas 
• Make sure windows have screens that are in good condition 

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