RALEIGH, N.C. -- An adult from Wilson County who contracted the West Nile virus has died.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday this is the first death caused by the virus in North Carolina and the first confirmed case in 2013.
"West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses is a common to North Carolina," according to a statement from DHHS.
"This is a tragic reminder that these infections can be fatal. Fortunately preventive measures can significantly reduce the likelihood of infection," said Dr. Robin Cummings, acting State Health Director, in a statement. "Most cases of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illness occur from mid-August through mid-October in our state, so we encourage everyone to take precautions to protect against mosquitoes."
DHHS advises residents to remove areas in and around your home that have standing water and keep window screens and panes in good condition.