Birds in East Kootenay test positive for West Nile virus
24 August, 2018, 06:41 | Author: Joshua Bennett
According to KEELPNO, 88 of the 107 infected people suffered serious conditions related to the central nervous system - encephalitis and, or, meningitis - while in the other 19 cases they developed fevers.
"As the fall approaches, it's vital to remember that mosquito bite protection should continue until the weather significantly cools", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.
The virus was detected in two dead ravens that were found in the Kimberley area as part of routine surveillance, Interior Health revealed Wednesday.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) made the announcement Thursday, saying all but one of the people diagnosed with the virus have been hospitalized.
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IH and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control say the risk of infection from handling birds is very low.
Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites. Local authorities were urged by the ministry to fumigate areas where there are large concentrations of mosquitoes and/or larvae. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.
Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.
Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens.
You're advised to reduce standing water on your property to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, and to protect yourself through long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing and the use of mosquito repellent containing DEET or Icaridin on exposed skin. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. "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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