Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Duval County

Lynn Cook
August 24, 2018

Lincoln County has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.

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).

"Please be very vigilant going around your home weekly and looking for standing water and dumping it out in locations that could possible hold standing water, it just takes over a little tablespoon of water and you are raising mosquitoes around your home", Mulla said. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the BC Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation by calling 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

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"The majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms but those that do will experience a mild, flu like illness and rash lasting up to six days".

Earlier this month, officials with the Department of Health in Duval County issued warnings about the potential spread of mosquito-borne diseases after West Nile was found in several sentinel chicken flocks.

"Further cases are expected to be diagnosed in the coming period and West Nile virus infections are likely to occur in other geographical areas", it said.

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On Tuesday, Interior Health said the birds were tested after they were found in Kimberley, B.C., during routine checks.

The hot and muggy weather is creating optimal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Any standing body of water can be a breeding area: backyard pools, flowerpots, bird baths, rain gutters, tarps and tires. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites. Check the product label for instructions on proper use.

Install screens on all windows. "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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