West Nile Virus Found In Windsor

Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE

On Thursday, the State Health Department confirmed the first human case of 2018.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.

However, this first positive mosquito pool of the season is an indicator that the virus is still in our community. "The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed". Mosquitoes can be active at any time but are most active in the evening and throughout the night.

The virus has been detected in the state since 1999.

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If you receive a mosquito bite and develop flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider.

The virus is usually prevalent from May through October when mosquitoes are most abundant.

Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. Mosquitoes contract the virus when they feed on infected birds, then spread the virus when the mosquitoes seek other hosts to bite. The public is also encouraged to report any suspected mosquito-breeding sites and/or any mosquito activity.

The health unit will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus and the larviciding program will continue throughout the summer.

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