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The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease for 2009 has been confirmed in'a Minnesota resi- dent. State health officials are remind- ing Minnesotans to protect them- selves from mosquitoes from now through September. A Stevens County woman is the state's first laboratory confirmed WNV case of the year. She became ill with West Nile, meningitis in late June, was hospitalized and is recover- ing. To protect themselves from this potentially life-threatening illness, Minnesota residents should be rou- tinely using one of the many mosqui- to repellent options available and tak- ing other simple precautions against mosquito bites this season, Minnesota Department of Health officials said. David Neitzel, an MDH epidemiol- ogist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, said Minnesota has entered the period of highest risk for West Nile virus in humans. "Mid-July through occur in residents throughout Minnesota and among all age groups. However, WNV risk is greatest in western and central counties, which typically have the greatest number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the prima- ry mosquito carrier of the virus in Minnesota. Also, people who are elderly or who have weakened immune systems face the highest risk of developing severe illness from a WNV infection. "They need to be especially diligent about protecting themselves from mosquitoes," Neitzel noted. The risk of severe or even fatal WNV-related illness typically increas- es during late July and August as more Culex tarsalis mosquitoes begin to feed on people instead of birds, according to Neitzel. People can reduce their chance of WNV infection by using mosquito repellents at dusk and dawn when this mosquito is most active. Several safe and effective options are now available: Repellents containing DEET (up to skin). Effective alternatives to DEET or permethrin include repellents contain- ing picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. For maximum effectiveness and safety, all mosquito repellents should be used according to label directions. "The key to avoiding WNV illness is to keep repellent on hand from July through September, Neitzel said. Other important steps to prevent mosquito bites and serious illness from WNV include: Minimize outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, as this is prime feed- ing time for WNV-carrying mosqui- toes. If you go outside at these times, take precautions even if mosquito numbers seem low; it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit the virus. Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeve shirts and long pants if you must spend time in an area where mosqui- toes are biting. Culex tarsalis mosquitoes prefer September is the time of year when 30 percent concentration) are still the the open, agricultural areas of the you're most likely to be bitten by a most widely used and can provide state. While the majority of COMPLETING THEIR SEASON were the Big Stone City Summer Rec Squirts baseball team. The team was mosquito carrying WNV,' he said. long-lasting protection against mos- Minnesota's West Nile disease has sponsored by The Shop. Pictured above in front from left to right are Natalie Strei, Nathan Ehrenber,Devon "While our cooler than normal weath- quito bites, occurred in people from these areas, Boots, Charlie Thomson, Justine Wiik and Coach Dick Strei. Back row left to right are Coach Darin Eh enberg, er this summer should help to slow the Permethrin is a strong repellent and cases are possible anywhere within Thomas Halvorson, Samuel Hurst, Tagen Zepeda, Nathan Neu and Leo Zepeda. Not pictured are Andrew Pillatzki and Brendan Wojahn. will kill mosquitoes that come into contact with treated clothing. Repellents containing permethrin are recommended for use on clothing (not growth of the virus in mosquitoes and birds, we expect West Nile virus cases every year." 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Symptoms usually show up three to 15 days after being bitten. They can include headache, high fever, rash, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorien- tation, convulsions, paralysis and coma. Severe cases tend to occur most often in the elderly and people with immune system problems. Information on WNV can be found at the MDH Web site: Further information on repellents is at the 109 SE Second Street Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 CDC Web site: BIG STONE CITY SUMMER REC PEE WEES recently wrapped up their season. Team members are pictured above. In front from left to right are Jacob Wiik, Dylan Westlund, Nick Staehling and Rayver Sherod. Back RepellentUpdates.htm. row left to right are Hannah Strei, Coach Candee Cloos, Alex Hughes, Elijah Cloos, Nathan Hurst, Alex People who have questions about Goergen, Dylan Pillatzki, Mikahl Thomson and Kelsie Ehrenberg. Not pictured is Erin Fryer. The team was West Nile virus can call MDH at 651- sponsored by RIB Trucking. 201-54.14 or 877-676-5414 (outstate) " :. between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday ~ . through Friday. ' ":',G Phone (320) 839-2255 Toll Free 888-819-2255 j We would like to thank the followin: people for their our family in MS TRAM Dr. Steve Winther and Staff Ortonville High School Minnwest Bank Carlson Drug Northside Medical Center Big Stone Therapies Conroy Eye Care Liebe Drug Don and Jeanette Felton Jim and Cindy Nelson Becky Parker Bob and Lois Pflueger Rodger and Barb Nornes businesses in the Don and Ruth Donais Dave and Denise Page Dale and Trudy Martig Lorraine Nolting Lucas Findlay Nick Findlay Marvin and Joan Block' Mrs. Pat Thomson Bette Weinman SSgt. Gayle Gibson, NDANRG Joe and Deb Berning Liz and Pat Sorenson Brian and Jody Biever and BIG STONE CITY, SD SUMMER REC T-BALL completed their season. Team members and coaches are pic- tured above. In front from left to right are All Neu, Samantha Staehling, Drew Boots, Gary Vangsness and TrevoriElbert. Second row left to right are Aunna CIoos, Adam Strei, Melissa Wellendorf, Jacob Cloos and Tyler Elbert. Back row left to right areJason Elbert, Dawn Boots, Hope Elbert, Gary Vangsness, Marcie Van sness and Ryan Boots. Not pictured are Libby Nelson, Kyler Speth and Coaches Nancy Nelson and Maria Stre!. The T-ball team was sponsored by Mac Daddy's. Norwex PrOducts "- v W,NN,NC T.E Bo s' B, E was in Ortonville visiting the Arlen Giese family. 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