There are no West Nile vaccines licensed for use in humans, and no medications to cure West Nile disease once a person is infected by a mosquito.
The most effective way to prevent West Nile virus infection is to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito. These areas include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots, roof gutters, and other containers that hold water.
Williams County Vector Control director Fran Bosch says last Friday, the Department of Health confirmed West Nile in tests Vector Control sent to them each week from both sides of the river in Williams and McKenzie Counties.
The Centers for Disease Control says past year in the state there were two confirmed deaths and seven cases of West Nile.
The state Department of Health and Human Services announced the death on Friday as a warning to others to protect from mosquito-borne illnesses.
He says older people are more at risk.
The mosquitoes were collected from June 18 to July 10, officials said. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Most cases occur in the late summer and early fall.
PROTECT: yourself by wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers during peak biting times and by using insect repellant containing the active ingredient DEET.
Lastly, Otaigbe said you can use repellent containing DEET on someone as young as two months, but do not apply the repellent onto the child's hands, near the eyes, or mouth, or irritated skin.
Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
Eliminate standing water around your home. Officials are advising the public to remove standing water as well.