Two birds test positive for West Nile virus in British Columbia

Two birds test positive for West Nile virus in British Columbia

The Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit says West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Perth.

Up until last week, the virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, had infected a total of 77 people, while five people have died.

A total of 401 cases of the virus have been reported in the European Union so far in 2018. The majority of people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms, about 20 percent will have mild flu-like symptoms, and less than 1 percent will become seriously ill.

Interior Health said "this is the first evidence of West Nile virus activity in the province this year".

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

Dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Interior Health region.

There have also been cases of mosquitos spreading the virus to horses and other animals, so horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarians for informations about equine vaccines.

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The peak season for the West Nile fever in Israel is between August and October.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, neglected swimming pools, wading pools, old tires, and all other objects that hold water.

"Paying attention to like dusk and dawn, which is when they're out the most", Skuza said.

"People can avoid insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing tops with long sleeves".

Install screens on windows.

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