Officials confirm first 2018 case of West Nile virus

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Birds in B.C. test positive for West Nile virus

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit noted the virus spreads via mosquito bites, but the risk of West Nile infection is low.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) made the announcement Thursday, saying all but one of the people diagnosed with the virus have been hospitalized. If you need to move a dead bird, precautions should be taken.

So far, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has detected West Nile virus in the following communities: Bethany, Bridgeport, Chester, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Franklin, Greenwich, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, Middlefield, Milford, Monroe, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, Norwalk, Orange, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Woodbridge.

"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low".

There have also been cases of mosquitos spreading the virus to horses and other animals, so horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarians for informations about equine vaccines.

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The risk of getting West Nile virus is highest in the warmer months of the summer, usually from the end of July through August.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the vast majority of people who contract West Nile will never show symptoms, but the disease is still serious for one in every 150 people infected.

-Remove: Eliminate opportunities for mosquitoes to breed outside your home in pools of standing water. Panama City Beach Mosquito Control, Bay County Mosquito Control and DOH-Bay continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

Install screens on windows. Apply insect repellents sparingly to exposed skin. 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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