West Nile virus detected in Canyon County mosquitoes

Holidaymakers are being urged to take care when travelling to Greece this year. Credit PA

Holidaymakers are being urged to take care when travelling to Greece this year. Credit PA

Danai Pervanidou, of Keelpno, the Greek organisation for health, said: "There have been enough cases to know that this is now a public health issue".

"The last case of [2018's] transmission season in the EU was reported by France at the end of November ... an unusually late date of onset", wrote the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, suggesting the period of exposure to the West Nile virus was also getting longer.

With that in mind, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is encouraging horse owners to visit with their veterinarian about vaccinating their horses against mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus (WNV).

For 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported 126 human cases of the virus in Ontario, compared to 155 human cases in 2017.

Thirty people citywide suffered from neuroinvasive effects previous year, with six in Brooklyn, according to the Health Department.

Avoid peak times of increased mosquito activity from dusk to dawn, early morning and late afternoon.

Older people and those with existing health conditions are at more risk of severe symptoms.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about one in 150 people can develop a serious illness as a result of WMV.

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The Mediterranean country has seen a rise in the number of cases of the West Nile Virus.

But among those diagnosed in Greece a year ago, 243 displayed symptoms of neuro-invasive disease such as encephalitis, meningitis and acute paralysis.

Greek doctors and medical professionals are passing out fliers and authorities are distributing leaflets to airports as well as municipal and regional authorities nationwide.

Clinical symptoms in WNV-infected horses may include a loss of appetite, depression, lethargy/drowsiness, muscle twitching, lack of coordination, weakness of the limbs or partial paralysis.

While most people infected with West Nile suffer no long-term damage, about 20 percent come down with either West Nile Fever or more severe "neuroinvasive" effects, ranging from headache or neck stiffness to convulsions, encephalitis, meningitis or death.

The mosquitoes infected with the virus were collected by the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District on Thursday.

"During the summer season, New Yorkers take full advantage of the outdoors and we want to make sure that they remain safe of mosquito-borne diseases", Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a statement.

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