ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – (KPLR) – St. Louis County health officials believe a 55 year old Kirkwood woman is the County's first human case of West Nile this year. Health officials say the woman suffered from West Nile virus symptoms and has since recovered.
Last year, the County confirmed two human cases of West Nile. Health Department Director Dr. Dolores J. Gunn says while serious West Nile cases in humans are rare, the public should minimize their exposure.
“We can do this by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply and by protecting ourselves by using repellants,” Gunn said.
West Nile is spread by mosquito bites. Officials are urging County residents to help cut down on the mosquito population. One way to do this is to remove any areas where there may be standing water.
St. Louis County is also treating areas of standing water and operates a nightly mosquito spraying schedule.
So far 66 people nationwide have died in this latest West Nile outbreak including one in Missouri and one in Illinois.
To find out where the County will be spraying, call (314) 615-4-BUG (615-4284).
More information: www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness.