Utah sees first death from West Nile virus in 2018

Utah sees first death from West Nile virus in 2018

Utah sees first death from West Nile virus in 2018

The Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) has confirmed one human case of West Nile Virus infection in Bay County.

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.

KEELPNO said there was an early onset of the virus in Europe in 2018, with the first cases of human infections in Greece reported in late May and early June.

Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the BC Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

In addition to those cases, health officials say three blood donors in MI have had West Nile detected in their blood in 2018.

The City of Ottawa also says West Nile Virus has been spotted in local mosquitoes.

DPH says a 68-year-old New Castle County man was hospitalized back in July due to illness, and remains hospitalized due to underlying health conditions unrelated to the virus.

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

Prevent mosquitos breeding near your home. Identify and remove potential breeding areas on your property - empty saucers under flowerpots; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; drain tarps, tires, and other debris where rain water may collect; and install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape. Local authorities were urged by the ministry to fumigate areas where there are large concentrations of mosquitoes and/or larvae. 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.

"People can avoid insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing tops with long sleeves".

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