MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — West Nile virus activity has increased across North Carolina and Mecklenburg County Public Health officials are urging residents to use caution outside to prevent getting the mosquito-borne illness.
There are two confirmed human cases in Mecklenburg County and two more in the state, officials said.
The increased activity has health officials concerned because the state usually averages two cases of West Nile virus by the end of August.
“I know this is a great time of year to be outdoors, but we want to make sure the public is taking caution and protecting themselves,” said Dr. Raynard Washington, director of Mecklenburg County Public Health. “When you’re outdoors, use mosquito repellent. Take note of any standing water around your home and empty those containers as they can be a breeding ground for mosquitos. Enjoy the weather, but be cautious.”
Most people who get West Nile virus usually experience no symptoms or a mild, flu-like illness.
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However, about 20% of infected people will develop a fever with other symptoms, such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash, health officials said.
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