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Doctors urge Tennesseans to beware of West Nile Virus

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Health officials are urging Tennesseans to be extra careful around mosquitoes this summer.

Five cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in Tennessee, and that number could jump soon.

Nationwide, doctors are reporting more than 11,000 cases of the virus so far this year, almost triple the amount usually seen at this point of the year. About 75 percent of the cases are in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Oklahoma.

They said the spike could be due to this year's mild winter and early spring.

The CDC reported the mosquito-borne illness has killed 41 people. Officials said it takes a couple of weeks for West Nile symptoms to appear, so they expect the numbers to grow.

So how does one keep themselves safe from West Nile Virus?

The CDC says the most important thing is to use insect repellant such as bug spray. They also advise to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if the weather permits.

One should also check window and door screens, so mosquitoes can't get inside and make sure to get rid of any standing water near your home.

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