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La Crosse encephalitis in Western NC hospitalizes a patient

The Mountaineer – Encephalitis case confirmed in Haywood September 29, 2016

Sarah Henderson, the Health Department’s communicable disease nurse, said the diagnosed strain, La Crosse Encephalitis Virus (LACV), is spread by mosquitoes and has been reported in the county in the past. … Those venturing outdoors should continue to protect themselves by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks or staying indoors while mosquitoes are most active, which is in the day time or twilight hours. Look for bug repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or IR3535.

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