Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018

Henrietta Strickland
August 3, 2018

"These traps are tested weekly from June to September and with this recent confirmation of West Nile virus activity, we are increasing our efforts in the area surrounding the positive traps by looking for breeding sites and re-treating catch basins with larvicide", Paul Callanan, Director of Health Protection at the Region of Peel, said in a statement released Thursday.

Going into the long weekend, the province is reminding people that warm and dry conditions have been ideal for the breed of mosquito that carries West Nile, the culex tarsalis.

Boulder County Public Health recently confirmed that mosquitoes in Erie, Louisville and Longmont, Colorado, have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), providing a reminder for the campus community to take precautions when outdoors this time of year.

Prince George's County announced its first human case of the virus on Wednesday. Manitobans are urged to protect themselves by staying indoors during dusk and dawn, using mosquito repellent, and wearing white, long-sleeved shirts and trousers instead of shorts.

As always, eliminate standing water on your property to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquito populations. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

In Fairfax County, you can request the health department conduct a mosquito inspection of your yard by calling (703) 246-8931.

People over 50-years-old, those with chronic diseases, and those who require medical treatment that weakens their immune system are most at risk.

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