Two birds test positive for West Nile virus in British Columbia

Two birds test positive for West Nile virus in British Columbia

Two birds test positive for West Nile virus in British Columbia

Tests have confirmed that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Pardes Hanna, Binyamina, Caesarea, the Menashe Regional Council and the Alona Regional Council, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Interior Health said that it works closely with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Canadian Blood Services to monitor West Nile virus activity. The Greenwood case falls into Category 2, defined as a "high" probability of human outbreak in a focal area. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the B.C. Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

Most people who contract the virus have no symptoms, but some may become ill three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

The spread of the West Nile virus in Greece is reaching alarming levels, with the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) reporting 107 cases that have resulted in 11 deaths so far this year.

Health officials say the best ways to prevent West Nile are: using insect repellents containing DEET, emptying standing water from containers around your home, wearing long sleeves and trousers from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and repairing damaged screens on windows and doors.

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DPH says a 68-year-old New Castle County man was hospitalized back in July due to illness, and remains hospitalized due to underlying health conditions unrelated to the virus.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home. Any standing body of water can be a breeding area: backyard pools, flowerpots, bird baths, rain gutters, tarps and tires.

Some tips include: draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying and covering skin with clothes or repellent.

Install screens on windows. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.

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