West Nile Virus found in Perth and Ottawa mosquitoes

Henrietta Brewer
August 23, 2018

A total of 401 cases of the virus have been reported in the European Union so far in 2018.

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) is expected to release its latest report on Thursday.

The virus has also infected people in Viotia, Halkidiki, Thessaloniki, Evia, Imathia, Pella, Corinth, Kilkis and Rethymno.

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

On Tuesday, Interior Health said the birds were tested after they were found in Kimberley, B.C., during routine checks. Surveillance includes screening the blood supply and reporting human and animal cases. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the B.C. Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

The peak season for the West Nile fever in Israel is between August and October.


What is West Nile virus?

The person passed away last week and was diagnosed with a "more severe" form of West Nile virus.

The virus is spread to humans who are bitten by an infected mosquito.

Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date.

The risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people; however, those over 50 or with compromised immune systems are more susceptible.

There are things everyone can do to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection.


Prevent mosquitos breeding near your home. Anything that can hold water can be a mosquito breeding area.

Install screens on all windows.

Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn.

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. Use as directed and consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

When outdoors use EPA-registered insect repellents such as those that contain DEET, IR3535, or Picaridin.


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