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West Nile virus mosquitos

The type of mosquito that carries West Nile virus has also been spotted in northern Spain

The Southwest District Health Department said that the man lives in Canyon County, but may have been exposed in Adams County as well.

Public health officials across the region have been warning about the risks of West Nile, especially after the unusually rainy July weather.

The province said a child under the age of ten was hospitalized due to the West Nile virus and is the first confirmed human case of the illness in Manitoba this year. There were no reported cases of West Nile in the county past year.

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

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Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, director of epidemiology and population health with the Fairfax County Health Department said people should use mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, R3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus; wear long trousers and long sleeves, and avoid areas where mosquitoes are common, particularly during dawn and dusk.

As always, eliminate standing water on your property to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquito populations.

Most people infected with the virus do not show symptoms, although more severe symptoms may occur, including fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. WNV infections are generally mild but can, in more serious cases, cause encephalitis, meningitis, loss of vision, paralysis, coma, tremors, convulsions and death.

People over 50-years-old, those with chronic diseases, and those who require medical treatment that weakens their immune system are most at risk.

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