Number of cases of West Nile virus in Attica increases

Ebony Scott
August 23, 2018

Health officials continue to see a rise in West Nile virus activity in portions of Saginaw County.

Even though it is called West Nile, as its symptoms were fist categorised and isolated in Uganda, the virus reportedly afflicts people and livestock in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

The virus is spread to humans who are bitten by an infected mosquito.

Greece's Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) is expected to release its latest report this week.

The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds, before passing their infected blood on to humans via bites.

Dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Interior Health region.

"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low". They say the horses confirmed with the virus had not been vaccinated. Horse owners are advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines for West Nile virus.

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

Prevent mosquitos breeding near your home.

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

Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

Install screens on all windows.

Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology, told Mail Online: "While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself".

When outdoors use EPA-registered insect repellents such as those that contain DEET, IR3535, or Picaridin. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin.

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