Published: Thu, August 23, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Cases of West Nile virus continue to rise in Saginaw County

Cases of West Nile virus continue to rise in Saginaw County

West Nile can potentially pass from birds to mosquitoes to humans, but there is no indication that any people have been affected.

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.

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

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

Although the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, the health authority warns that wild birds should not be handled using bare hands.

The provincial Animal Health Centre lab confirms two dead ravens found in Kimberley tested positive for the virus.

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Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date. Most people will not experience symptoms.

Experts say the best was to prevent WNV is to get rid of the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating their breeding habitats.

Install screens on windows.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.

Wear protective clothing. If you are in an area with many mosquitoes, wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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