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First confirmed case of West Nile virus in Kansas City, Mo.

A 40-year-old male from Kansas City, Mo., has been hospitalized due to health complications from West Nile virus. The man had spent considerable time outdoors.

“Prevention is the key for protecting yourself from West Nile virus,” said Ron Griffin, manager of the Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division. “Until there is a frost or a drop in temperature to allow the mosquitoes to go into their inactive or resting phase, West Nile virus is still a concern.”

There is not an effective treatment for West Nile virus, so prevention is critical. The Health Department urges residents to take the following preventive measures to reduce possible West Nile virus exposure:

    Stay indoors at dawn and dusk whenever possible.

    Wear mosquito protective clothing, including light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants.

    Carefully apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and exposed skin, following the instructions on the product.

    Have window and door screens installed or repaired to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

    Clean up standing water outside, dump bird baths, plant saucers, rain gauges, toys and other containers that may hold water, every three to five days.

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