Dead ravens in B.C. test positive for West Nile virus

Dead ravens in B.C. test positive for West Nile virus

Dead ravens in B.C. test positive for West Nile virus

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

Utah has seen its first death of the season from West Nile virus, the Salt Lake County Health Department reported in a statement Wednesday.

Dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Interior Health region.

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156. If you need to move a dead bird, precautions should be taken.

Up until last week, the virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, had infected a total of 77 people, while five people have died.

Interior Health said the risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people.

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West Nile usually spreads between birds and mosquitos, and some Canadians have caught the virus from mosquito bites. Horse owners are advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines for West Nile virus.

There are things everyone can do to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection.

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.

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.

Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology, told Mail Online: "While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself".

Install screens on windows. Choose loose-fitting, light-coloured, full-length trousers and a long-sleeved shirt in areas with many mosquitoes. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin.

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