West Nile Virus found south of Highlands
- Author: Santos West Aug 25, 2018,
Aug 25, 2018, 1:06
Ten sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEEV in 2018, one tested positive for Highlands J Virus (HJV), and 21 tested positive for WNV, Nassau County health officials said.
County Public Health Agency officials confirmed the local case, but they did not disclose the patient's city of residence or other details, citing patient-privacy rights.
Interior Health said it works closely with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Canadian Blood Services to monitor West Nile virus activity. Typically, symptoms include mild illness with fever while about one in 150 will be severely ill. Also, a small number may develop more severe symptoms, including confusion, tremors and sudden sensitivity to light. Choose loose-fitting, light-coloured, full-length trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in areas with many mosquitoes. View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET (http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent.
Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.
Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
Residents need to take basic precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites, including draining water from garbage cans, gutters or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. You should wear loose-fitting and long-sleeved clothing. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800. For more information about West Nile Virus, call the health unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext.