Another case of West Nile in Southern MN

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KIMT NEWS 3 — There has been one more case of West Nile virus reported in southern Minnesota.

Olmsted County has just learned of their first case of West Nile this year.

The Minnesota Department of Health says this is the 49th case in 25 counties statewide, two of which were deaths.

Freeborn and Faribault Counties have also reported cases of West Nile this year.

Health officials say using bug spray with 30 percent DEET is best.

“Anybody over the age of six months can use that and so the best thing to do is to spray yourself down whenever you’re going to be outside for any reason at all, because it only takes one bite of a mosquito, one mosquito to bite you and you can develop West Nile virus,” said Sue Yost, director of Freeborn County Public Health.

She said mosquitos with West Nile are not typically found in this part of the state.

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Epidemiology department will be looking into the incidents.

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