West Nile virus: Mosquitoes known for spreading deadly disease found in UK

Dead birds had West Nile - BC News

Dead birds had West Nile - BC News

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. Again, no human cases have been identified.

Most people who are infected with West Nile will not develop any symptoms illness.

The first North American cases of West Nile were detected in New York City in 1999 and since then, it has established itself in the continental United States and Canada, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control says.

The press release from the MDHHS stated that there have been eight confirmed cases with six of them happening in Oakland and Wayne Counties.

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

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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"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.

Suggestions for abatement in Category 2 zones includes treating a one-mile radius for prevention of more mosquito activity, use of ground or aerial applications for three treatments in 10-14 day intervals to kill mature insects and deployment of 45-day briquettes in storm drains or obvious breeding areas on public properties or rights of way and schools to eradicate larvae.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Install screens on all windows.

Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves.

Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. "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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