West Nile Virus in MO

Two people have died in missouri from a virus spread by mosquitoes.

The state health dept says two St. Louis-area residents have died of complications from West Nile virus. A 76-year-old man from St. Louis and a 92-year-old woman from St. Louis County both contracted the disease last month.
In addtion — A 61-year-old Pettis County man also died after contracting the virus. It’s spread, of course, from mosquito bites.

In all 13 cases of the virus have been reported in Missouri. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms in about 20 percent of people who catch it. People who have weakened immune systems, especially, encouraged to wear long sleeves when they’re out and to use a mosquito repellant containing DEET — to avoid being bitten by mosquitos