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

24 August, 2018, 06:42 | Author: Bruce West
  • Dead birds had West Nile - BC News

Tests have confirmed that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Pardes Hanna, Binyamina, Caesarea, the Menashe Regional Council and the Alona Regional Council, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

There is no evidence that people can get the virus from a horse that has the disease. "To date, there have no human cases reported, no positive mosquito pools identified, and no positives identified by Canadian Blood Services through their screening program". Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the B.C. Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

West Nile virus is a disease usually spread between birds by mosquitoes.

Health officials say people can protect themselves from potential West Nile infection by installing screens on their windows to keep mosquitoes out, avoiding outdoor activities as dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and by wearing protective clothing and mosquito repellant.

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There have also been cases of mosquitos spreading the virus to horses and other animals, so horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarians for informations about equine vaccines. The risk of illness from WNV is low; most people will not develop any symptoms if infected.

"The technicians are constantly boots on the ground they are out there checking their zones that they work in looking for standing water", Beach Mosquito Control's Cindy Mulla said. Panama City Beach Mosquito Control, Bay County Mosquito Control and DOH-Bay continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

Officials asked residents to remove any standing water on their property.

Be sure to apply mosquito repellent to bare skin. Check the product label for instructions on proper use. DO NOT USE personal insect repellents on children under two years of age. Screens will help prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors.

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