West Nile Virus claims victim in Shasta County

REDDING, Calif. - A person has died from West Nile Virus in Shasta County, this is the second death reported in the state.

According to the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Wednesday, an adult in central Shasta County was the second person to die from the virus this year in California.

Health and Human Services could not release the name, age or gender of the person who died.

Three more people have contracted the disease in Butte County this week, bringing the total to five new cases for the year.

Officials said the virus is rare but there are some precautions you should take to minimize the chances of contracting West Nile Virus:

  • DRAIN standing water around the house weekly since it's where mosquitoes lay eggs. This includes tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
  • DUSK & DAWN are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellants. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.

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