Bradford First Confirmed Case of West Nile News Centre News

Faith Castro
August 3, 2018

The current risk for contracting the virus in Yorkton is moderate, and West Nile infected mosquitoes have been found in the province.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Sanilac County Health Department said that the donor tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

Most people - up to 80 per cent, the health unit says - who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. "I want to thank the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for their work to detect West Nile virus in Hartford".

Mosquitoes are largely to blame for spreading West Nile virus. WNV can be spread to people through mosquito bites, but it is not spread from person to person.

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If you spend time outdoors, health officials urge you to use insect repellent, especially at duck and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix.

It all starts when "mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds". Hot weather is favorable for mosquitoes, shortening the time for them to develop from egg to adult, and small pools of stagnant water provide the ideal habitat for Culex mosquitoes to lay eggs. Fill tree holes with sand and seal with mortar and remove tree stumps that may hold water. Although there have been no cases reported to the KDHE in 2018, there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017. Turn wading pools upside down when not in use.

Severe symptoms of West Nile include a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.

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