Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

State reports its 1st horse West Nile virus cases this year

68 hospitalized with West Nile fever; teenager in critical condition Dead birds had West Nile - BC News
Ben Pena | 23 August, 2018, 18:26

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit noted the virus spreads via mosquito bites, but the risk of West Nile infection is low.

Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile when they feed on the blood of a bird that carries the virus, like ravens, jays or crows. Heightened concerns over possible transmission to humans from both viruses, will continue into mid-October, until cooler temperatures start to significantly slow down both mosquito and virus activity.

A total of 401 human WNV infections have been reported in Europe with 22 deaths according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

Symptoms include fever, rash, headache, and rarely, more serious side-effects such as meningitis could develop.

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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It's the first evidence of West Nile in the province this year.

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.

Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin.

Install screens on all windows.

When outdoors use EPA-registered insect repellents such as those that contain DEET, IR3535, or Picaridin.

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