MA: State Raises West Nile Virus Risk Level

Aug 25, 2018, 01:06
MA: State Raises West Nile Virus Risk Level

Two dead ravens found in southeast B.C. have tested positive for West Nile virus, marking the first evidence of the virus in the province this year.

Health officials have confirmed the first death in Utah caused by the West Nile virus this year. To date, there have been no reported human WNV cases in MA.

Residents are urged to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the chance of spreading West Nile virus.

Most people who contract West Nile won't show any symptoms, but some signs of illness include sore joints, nausea and a headache. Most of the time, it's not a problem as most people with the infection won't experience symptoms. View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET (http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent.

Homeowners can also eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds on their property, which includes anything that can hold water, such as pools and even the saucers under flowerpots. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

WNV is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and is not transmitted person to person.

FILE PHOTO: Michael Jones, a technician applicator with Mosquito Squad, sprays a home with mosquito elimination product in Suwanee, Ga. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Contact SCMAC to report standing water in ditches, flooded yards, fields, or similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. Wear insect repellent containing active ingredients approved by the EPA - visit the EPA's Inspect Repellent Search Tool for help in finding the right insect repellent for your needs.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already issued a warning over virus' risk of spreading across the continent. "And it's the major problem with West Nile", he added.

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