Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018

Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018

According to the Fairfax County Health Department, an adult resident living in the northeastern part of Fairfax County was hospitalized from the virus.

Last year, Toronto Public Health did not record the first lab-confirmed case of West Nile virus until August 25.

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito either have no symptoms or have temporary, flu-like symptoms while others contract a much more severe illness.

"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department wrote in a release.

The positive test in Oakville came from mosquitoes trapped this week.

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In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile a year ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, but most people don't develop any symptoms at all.

Despite the low numbers of nuisance mosquitoes this summer, the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase.

"With high levels of [West Nile Virus] in mosquitoes and the recent rains leading to even more mosquitoes, it's important for residents of Fairfax County to take precautions to protect themselves and their families", the Fairfax County Health Department said in a news release.

Officials also recommend dumping out standing water that can collect in old tires, planters, buckets, toys, flowerpots, trash cans and birdbaths.

Those most at risk for serious complications are people older than 50 and people with suppressed immune systems.

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