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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough to deal with, the state’s health department said four more people in Miami-Dade have contracted the West Nile virus.

It brings the total number of infections in the county to 18.

So far, no cases are reported in Broward.

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West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.

  It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat it in people.

Most people infected with West Nile virus do not feel sick, according to the health department.

About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms such as headache, pain, and fatigue.

People with mild illness typically recover within about a week with symptomatic treatment.

Less than one percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

Symptoms typically appear between two and 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. People over the age of 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for severe disease.

In order to help stop the spread of the mosquito-borne illness, you have to stop the mosquitos by remembering Drain and Cover.

DRAIN standing water around your house to stop the pesky critters from multiplying.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.

  • Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitos out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

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Vietnam Virus Outbreak Hits Factories Employing Thousands in Danang Epicentre

By Khanh Vu and Phuong Nguyen

HANOI (Reuters) - The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Danang more than a week ago has spread to at least four factories in the city with a combined workforce of around 3,700, state media reported on Monday.

Four cases were found at the plants located at different industrial parks in the central city which collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said.

Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat COVID-19 since it first arrived in late January, is battling a new wave of the virus having gone more than three months without domestic transmission.

All but one of the four cases that media reported at the factories have yet to be included in the health ministry's tally.

Vietnam on Monday reported one new case linked to Danang, a tourism hotspot, bringing its tally to 621 infections, with six deaths.

The new outbreak, the source of which is unclear, was first reported on July 25, and has reached at least 10 locations in the country, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, infecting 174 people and killing six.

One of the four factories has halted operations, Lao Dong reported, citing the chairman of the trade union of Danang's industrial park management board.

Vietnam has carried out 52,000 tests for the coronavirus in the past seven days, according to a Reuters analysis of official data.

It said on Saturday it planned to test Danang's entire population of 1.1 million people, part of "unprecedented measures" to fight the outbreak. The city imposed a lockdown last week, closing entertainment venues and banning movement in and out of the city.

Authorities said on Sunday that the strain of virus detected in Danang is a more contagious one, and that each infected person can infect 5-6 others, compared to 1.8-2.2 in the previous period.

(Reporting by Khanh Vu and Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Martin Petty)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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