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Virginia reports West Nile virus death

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An adult has died from West Nile virus in Virginia, officials say, and nine other Virginians have contracted the virus so far this year.

The news of the Virginia West Nile virus death follows similar reports from D.C. and Maryland, both of which have already reported West Nile virus fatalities.

The Virginia Department of Health reports that the man who died lived in northwest Virginia. The other cases were spread out throughout the state.

Last year, there were nine West Nile virus cases reported in the Old Dominion and one fatality. There was also a death reported in Virginia in 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that West Nile virus is spreading faster than in previous years.

Here are tips from the Virginia Department of Health to prevent mosquito bites:
•When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Follow the directions on the package.
•Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
•Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
•Eliminate mosquito breeding areas by addressing areas in your yard where rainwater collects. Turn over or empty bird baths, flower pots, buckets, or barrels. Clean roof gutters and downspout screens. Remove old tires from your yard. Eliminate standing water on flat roofs, boats or tarps. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use.

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