Health
9:39 am
Fri September 20, 2013

First West Nile Death This Year Reported In NC

The mosquito is the most common carrier of West Nile virus,
The mosquito is the most common carrier of West Nile virus,
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State health officials have confirmed the first death from West Nile virus in North Carolina this year.   The Department of Health and Human Services says the victim was an adult in Wilson County.  Privacy rules do not allow the age, name or gender to be disclosed. 

West Nile virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes and can commonly be found in the state.  Acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings said in a department news release that mid-August through mid-October is when most mosquito-borne illnesses occur in North Carolina. 

DHHS officials recommend eliminating sites where water collects, and using repellents with DEET as ways to protect yourself.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven cases of West Nile virus were reported in seven North Carolina counties in 2012.