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West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

12 August 2017

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is reminding Reginans to take the necessary precautions against West Nile Virus after mosquitoes carrying the disease were found in the city.

The West Nile virus was first detected in New York City 18 years ago, and since 1999, the number of human cases has ranged from three to 47 annually.

Confirmation of the first West Nile virus positive bird means the virus is circulating between birds and mosquitoes and there is heightened risk of infection in humans. Last year, four West Nile virus positive birds were identified in El Dorado County on the western slope.

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Human cases of West Nile happen each year in New York City, and a lot of them are identified between late July and October.

West Nile Virus has been confirmed in another western MA community.

Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.

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The goal of the mosquito surveillance project, according to the health department, is to capture and test mosquitoes in 11 traps strategically placed throughout the county. In some people, it can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord.

Mosquito surveillance programs are in place throughout the County. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

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West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes