Bird found in Anderson Co. tests positive for West Nile Virus

Bird found in Anderson Co. tests positive for West Nile Virus

Bird found in Anderson Co. tests positive for West Nile Virus

Interior Health says it's the first evidence of West Nile virus activity in British Columbia this year.

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

About 20 per cent of those who are infected may experience flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle ache and rash.

MA health officials have taken the rare step of increasing the statewide risk level for West Nile virus.

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St. John's Riverside Hospital Dr. Paul Sasso knows the symptoms of West Nile on a more personal level, as his father contracted it last summer. "One out of 10 (with neuroinvasive West Nile virus) will die; one out of 10 will have permanent disabilities".

They say the horses confirmed with the virus had not been vaccinated.

People older than 50 and those with chronic illnesses are at the highest risk of developing a serious illness as a result of a bite from an infected mosquito, the county health department said.

Health officials advise people use repellents, wear long sleeves and trousers after dusk, remove standing water outside homes, clean gutters and keep grass and weeds trimmed short to reduce risk of exposure. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers; landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

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