November 13, 2018

West Nile virus found in Manitoba mosquitoes: province

29 June 2018, 11:42 | Rodolfo Wallace

West Nile virus found in Manitoba mosquitoes: province

The first mosquitoes found carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in Winnipeg

The province also said it has yet to identify a human case of West Nile virus this year.

Helicopter-based spraying was conducted in the same area early previous year, reducing the mosquito population temporarily, but "they have gone back up", according to the district.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in an announcement Tuesday the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the virus in a mosquito sample that was taken from Weymouth on June 20. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease.

The virus is typically transmitted to humans though infected mosquitoes, and its symptoms can include fever and flu-like illness.

When outdoors, residents are advised to use repellents containing DEET, permethrin, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Protect your family and your community by reducing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding in or near your property.

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If possible, stay indoors during prime mosquito biting times: dusk and dawn. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE.

West Nile as a mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe illness including encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and can sometimes result in long-term complications and death.

Last year, 30 towns in 6 counties had mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile.

Maintaining door and window screens so they fit tightly and are free of holes. Due to the known activity of West Nile virus in the area, birds will no longer be collected for testing for the virus by the Benton-Franklin Health District.

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