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News stories tagged with "west-nile-virus"

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in Franklin County, says there are 90 different species of mosquitoes, but the ones that carry West Nile are most active in August.  Go to full article

West Nile Confirmed in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County Health officials say a crow found in the eastern part of the county has tested positive for West Nile virus. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

First West Nile Human Case Confirmed in North Country

Clinton County health officials say they've confirmed the first North Country case of West Nile Virus. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that a woman in her 50's tested positive for the disease. As Brian Mann reports, doctors expect the woman to recover.  Go to full article

West Nile Precautions

New fears that West Nile Virus could be passed through blood transfusions has raisaed concerns across the nation. But health experts in the North Country are taking precautions, and say there is no cause for alarm. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Pitfalls of Spraying For West Nile Virus

The West Nile virus has claimed 28 lives and at least 550 people have been infected in the nation so far this summer. And evidence of the virus has already been found in 41 states. The carriers of the virus... mosquitoes... have been a concern and a nuisance for public health officials. Many citizens are demanding more visible action on the officials' part to get rid of the bad bugs...like spraying chemicals to kill adult mosquitoes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Annie MacDowell reports.  Go to full article

Avoiding West Nile Virus

There are several reports of West Nile Virus in the North Country, but health officials say some common sense steps can be taken to avoid contracting the disease. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

West Nile Spreads Faster than Expected

Cooler weather sweeping the Great Lakes region means the end of the mosquito season. It also means a temporary halt to the spread of West Nile virus in the area. But this past summer the virus made headway into the region much faster than experts had expected. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Too Soon to Count West Nile Virus Out

August is the month when the West Nile Virus makes the jump from birds and other animals to people. So far, though, only one human case has been reported. But health officials believe it's not time yet to declare the virus in decline. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Nearly Under Control in NY, Commissioner Says

The West Nile virus is almost under control in New York. State Health Commissioner Doctor Antonia Novello made that proclamation Thursday at a day-long briefing about the virus in Albany. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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