Mosquitoes in 40 CT towns test positive for West Nile virus

Dead birds had West Nile - BC News

About one in 150 infected people will become severely ill, and may experience symptoms such as a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions, or paralysis. The Greenwood case falls into Category 2, defined as a "high" probability of human outbreak in a focal area.

The virus was detected in two dead ravens that were found in the Kimberley area as part of routine surveillance, Interior Health revealed Wednesday. Those over the age of 50 and anyone with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable.

There is no evidence that people can get the virus from a horse that has the disease.

Health officials say the best ways to prevent West Nile are: using insect repellents containing DEET, emptying standing water from containers around your home, wearing long sleeves and trousers from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and repairing damaged screens on windows and doors.

South Central Public Health District confirmed a 39 year old man as the first official case of the year in Lincoln County.

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The hot and muggy weather is creating optimal breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

Officials asked residents to remove any standing water on their property.

Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. According KEELPNO's weekly report, released on Thursday, yet more virus infections are expected in the coming period. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.

Some tips include: draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying and covering skin with clothes or repellent. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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