St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- The St. Louis County Department of Health recorded its first probable human case of West Nile virus this year, a spokesman for the department said Tuesday.
The victim is a 55-year-old female from Kirkwood. The spokesman says she has since returned to her normal routine after suffering from West Nile virus-like symptoms.
The woman's name was not released.
St. Louis County had two confirmed cases of the virus in 2011.
The county offered the following tips on ways you can prevent mosquitoes from flourishing:
- Flexible drainage pipe is commonly used to drain water from downspouts. A big drawback is that it holds water and breeds mosquitoes if not properly sloped when installed.
- At least once a week, drain water from garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects that can collect water. Change water in birdbaths at least once a week.
- Look for products containing the active ingredient methoprene or Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to place in birdbaths or ponds, to prevent mosquitoes from developing.
- Keep gutters cleaned out, and repair any tears in door and window screens.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and light colors outdoors.
- Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET or picaridin.
For information on the county's night mosquito-spraying schedule, call 314-615-4284.