West Nile Virus reported in Monroe County

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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.

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156. Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites.

In a two-page press release, Interior Health said two dead ravens from the Kimberley area tested positive for West Nile.

Source contacted the City's health department which confirmed mosquitoes in traps were found to have the virus.

"Those over 50 and with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of more severe disease".

The World Health Organisation has warned in a spike in the number of cases of he West Nile virus, with 401 cases of the virus being reported in the European Union so far.

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

Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn.

Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas.

Residents should wear light coloured clothing, long trousers, long sleeves, as well as shoes and socks during peak mosquito times to prevent mosquito bites. "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". Choose loose-fitting, light-coloured, full-length trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in areas with many mosquitoes.