Friday, 16 November, 2018

First sign of West Nile Virus this season found in Windsor

Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE
Anna Jefferson | 14 July, 2018, 01:05

At this time, no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in any Coastal Health District county, including Chatham.

A mosquito pool in Windsor-Essex has tested positive for West Nile virus.

With temperatures warming and mosquitos coming out of hiding, Alberta Health Services is once again reminding the public about the threat of West Nile Virus - something that just won't go away.

- Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

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The virus has been detected in the state since 1999.

-Trimming tall grass, weeds, and vines, as mosquitos use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours, and landscaping to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Due to the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure their horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations.

-Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors. The 2018 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials. While there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds, individuals should not attempt to catch or handle the birds.

Old tires are a flawless breeding site for mosquitoes and should be discarded. For more information call the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District at 530-533-6038 or 530-342-7350.

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