CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX/AP) — St. Louis County health officials have discovered mosquitoes in several parts of the county carrying West Nile Virus.

The department said Thursday that mosquitoes with West Nile have been found in communities ranging from Lemay in the southern part of the county to Florissant in the north. No human cases have been reported.

Health director Dolores Gunn says preventative measures can reduce human contact with mosquitoes, such as draining water from garbage cans, buckets, toys, flower pots, wading pools and pet dishes.

West Nile first showed up in Missouri in 2002. About two dozen Missourians have died from the virus since then.

The West Nile virus is one disease that fails to show any symptoms but its effects are severe. West Nile virus causes an infection that leads to swelling in the brain, spinal cord, or tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Related Link:
St. Louis County Health Department Press Release

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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