Trap tests positive for West Nile virus

Trap tests positive for West Nile virus

Trap tests positive for West Nile virus

It said samples of mosquitoes collected from the Pooler area tested positive, showing that the virus is circulating in the local population this year.

Alberta Health Services is reminding Albertans to take necessary precautions to protect themselves against West Nile virus infection.

"With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus", said Dr. Jason Cabaj, Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone.

People and animals across 30 states have tested positive for West Nile Virus as of July 10. "Residents are urged to do their part to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by inspecting and eliminating all standing water from their properties".

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while your outside.

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Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms.

Most people who get West Nile don't exhibit symptoms of the virus.

- Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens.

Old tires are a flawless breeding site for mosquitoes and should be discarded.

The health unit says they are continuing to monitor the situation and the larviciding program will continue throughout the summer.

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