BCMVCD: West Nile Virus "Out of Control"

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"The two pools, or two trap sites that were positive, were found within the City of Kitchener, but really what it means is that conditions are right anywhere across the region", Miller said. In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus. They contracted the virus in late July and were hospitalized.

West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the press release.

Cases of the West Nile virus have also been reported in 2018 in Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Serbia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Although most people don't develop symptoms, approximately 20 percent of those infected will develop an infection known as West Nile Fever, according to the CDC. Targeted efforts have been ongoing and reduction of mosquito populations in fogged areas is ranging from 50% to 90%. Prior to this year, CT has seen 134 cases with three fatalities, the DPH said.

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He recommends using bug sprays with Deet, but there are other options like lemon eucalyptus oil that combat West Nile mosquitoes.

No one has died from the disease this year.

But they urge you to seek medical help if you come down with certain symptoms including nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, a rash on the chest, stomach or back or more.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning Saskatoon residents about West Nile virus after mosquitoes caught in two traps within city limits were confirmed to be infected with the virus.

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