Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

Groups of positive mosquitoes, known as a "mosquito pool", collected in the areas of Honcut, Palermo, and Dayton have tested positive with the West Nile virus.

Health unit reps say only certain types of mosquitoes spread West Nile, a potentially serious infection to humans.

"With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus", said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, lead Medical Officer of Health, South Zone, in a news release Tuesday.

- Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

From 2003 to 2017, 514 cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in Alberta, many of which were acquired here in the province. They also recommend removing all sources of standing water.

West Nile Virus has been identified in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004.

The virus is usually prevalent from May through October when mosquitoes are most abundant.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Mosquitoes can then transmit it to other birds or to humans or horses.

Most people who contract West Nile will show no symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Make sure door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

Officials said the areas are not typically hot spots for West Nile activity.

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