NC health officials report first death from West Nile virus


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Health officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are reporting the state’s first death from the West Nile virus.

A statement from the Division of Public Health released no further details.

West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses known to occur in North Carolina, along with eastern equine encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis. There have been 13 cases reported from 2010 through 2014.

State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Carl Williams said officials see most cases of mosquito-borne illness from August through October. Williams said people can still enjoy their time outdoors by following basic control measures.

Protection measures include using mosquito repellent, installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out and emptying standing water to reduce mosquito breeding.