Dead birds had West Nile

Spencer Underwood
August 24, 2018

Two human cases of WNV-associated illnesses have been identified this year in CT.

"The majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms but those that do will experience a mild, flu like illness and rash lasting up to six days".

Now Public Health England has reported that the mosquito known to transmit the infection - Culex modestus - has been found in the Thames Estuary, near to Southend.

Source contacted the City's health department which confirmed mosquitoes in traps were found to have the virus.

People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk than the general population.

The recent sampling in Perth has identified mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

Interior Health said that it works closely with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Canadian Blood Services to monitor West Nile virus activity.

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.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home and remove standing water; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens.

Homeowners can also eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds on their property, which includes anything that can hold water, such as pools and even the saucers under flowerpots.

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.

-Repel: Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved insect repellents when outdoors, such as those containing the active ingredient DEET.

Wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt.

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