Dead ravens in B.C. test positive for West Nile virus

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness. Since the beginning of 2018, four cases of EEEV infection in horses in Nassau County and one outbreak of EEEV in emus were reported.

West Nile disease is a mosquito born illness that mimics flu symptoms. They say the horses confirmed with the virus had not been vaccinated.

People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk than the general population.

This is the first evidence of West Nile virus activity in the province this year.

Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites.

Although the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, the health authority warns that wild birds should not be handled using bare hands.

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"It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause a severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus". Panama City Beach Mosquito Control, Bay County Mosquito Control and DOH-Bay continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape.

Drain Standing Water - Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology, told Mail Online: "While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself". Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label.

Wear protective clothing. If you are in an area with many mosquitoes, wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt. Choose loose-fitting, light-coloured, full-length trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in areas with many mosquitoes.

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