Officials warn about West Nile as suspected infection tested

West Nile virus mosquitos

West Nile virus mosquitos

Dr. Tim Hilderman, a medical officer of health with Manitoba Health, said Thursday the child has been released from hospital and is at home doing well.

It's the first human case of the virus in Colorado for the 2018 mosquito season.

"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, stated in a press release. Birds are the natural hosts of West Nile virus.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

The health department said there has been a large increase of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus across the county, which is happening earlier this summer compared to prior years.

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West Nile virus, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, can affect a person's nervous system. But one person was infected past year and 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. About 20% of people develop fever, headache, vomiting or a rash.

"Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won't travel far from where they are born - if there are mosquitoes in your backyard or neighborhood, they are likely laying eggs there as well", said Matt Helwig, a biolgist with the DEP mosquito program.

Three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Peel Region, a spokesperson for Peel Public Health confirms.

To reduce the risk, the province suggests limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn, using repellent, wearing light-coloured, loose clothing and making sure screens on windows and doors are free of holes.

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