First Manitoba case of West Nile virus this year found in Winnipeg-area man
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2:43 PM -
Manitoba Health is reporting its first case of West Nile virus in a person this year.
Officials say the man, said to be in his 30's, is from the Winnipeg area.
The department says he is showing signs of West Nile neurological syndrome, the more serious -- and sometimes life-threatening -- type of the virus.
It is believed that the man got the virus, which is predominantly carried by mosquitoes, sometime this summer in or around the city.
In Manitoba, West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans primarily by the Culex tarsalis mosquito, usually during late June, July, August and early September.
This risk varies from year to year based on precipitation, temperature, mosquito population and other factors.
The province says the risk for human exposure to West Nile this season is low.
- Reduce the time you spend outside between dusk and dawn.
- Apply an appropriate mosquito repellent.
- Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and pant legs.
- Make sure your door and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes.
- Regularly clean and empty eaves troughs, pool covers and other items that might collect water.
- Clean and empty bird baths weekly
- Make sure openings in rain barrels are covered with mosquito screening or tightly sealed around the downspout.
- Clear your yard of old tires or other debris where water collects.
- Cut the grass around your home; trim hedges and trees around doorways and seating areas.
With files from The Government of Manitoba and The Canadian Press
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