Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

West Nile confirmed in Greenwood

West Nile confirmed in Greenwood

The Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit says West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Perth.

Another six municipalities in Attica were added to the areas that have reported cases of the West Nile virus this summer while cases have been documented in at least 39 municipalities, including central suburbs like Kallithea, Egaleo and Piraeus. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the B.C. Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

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

Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites.

Details were scant, but City Manager Charlie Barrineau said the state Department of Health and Environmental Control notified local officials Thursday that a person located in the middle of the city tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness.

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"Most people will not experience any symptoms but we still want everyone to take precaution because persons that are 60 years and older are most at risk for the more severe symptoms and also if they have a chronic illness", Heather Kretzer, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Bay County said.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than one percent of mosquitoes carry WNV. Any standing body of water can be a breeding area: backyard pools, flowerpots, bird baths, rain gutters, tarps and tires.

Install screens on all windows.

Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin.

-Remove: Eliminate opportunities for mosquitoes to breed outside your home in pools of standing water. Check the product label for instructions on proper use. Screens will help prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors. Bug repellents containing DEET or Icaridin should be used on anyone over two years of age.

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