St. Louis County reports first human West Nile case of 2014

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(KTVI) – Health Department officials in St. Louis County say they’ve gotten their first propable human case of West Nile virus this year.

The victim is a 59-year-old man.  Health officials say the man was released from a St. Louis County hospital where he was being treated.

St. Louis County has had nine confirmed human cases of West Nile since 2011.

Here are some reminders about West Nile Virus from the St. Louis County Health Department:

West Nile Virus is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. Here are steps residents can take to reduce the opportunities for mosquitoes to flourish:

  • Flexible drainage pipe is commonly used to drain water from downspouts. A big drawback is that it holds water and breeds mosquitoes if not properly sloped when installed.
  • At least once a week, drain water from garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects that can collect water. Change water in birdbaths at least once a week.
  • Look for products containing the active ingredient methoprene or Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to place in birdbaths or ponds, to prevent mosquitoes from developing.
  • Keep gutters cleaned out, and repair any tears in door and window screens.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and light colors outdoors.
  • Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET or picaridin.
    For more information on mosquito prevention, contact the County Vector Control office at (314) 615-0680 or visit the health department’s website at: http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness.