DPHHS: Take Steps To Prevent West Nile Virus Infection This Summer

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The good news is that no human cases of the virus have been identified in the province, according to Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living.

West Nile has been detected in CT every year since 1999.

Helicopter-based spraying was conducted in the same area early a year ago, reducing the mosquito population temporarily, but "they have gone back up", according to the district.

"As we approach WNV season, we encourage everyone to take the proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites when outdoors", stated DPHHS epidemiologist Erika Baldry. Approved mosquito repellents have ingredients that include DEET, picaridin, PMD, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE.

Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

■ Install or fix screens in your home so they are fit tightly.

Dress with long sleeves, pants, and a hat when mosquitoes are present.

Information on the risk of West Nile virus will continue to be provided to the public throughout the summer.

The Benton-Franklin Heath District works with local mosquito control districts and other partners to help monitor for the virus.

Three residents were diagnosed and hospitalized due to West Nile infections a year ago.

Mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans by biting an infected bird, and then biting a human.

"Most people who become infected don't have any symptoms". However, serious illness that involves the nervous system, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are also possible. If someone develops any of the symptoms listed above, they should see their healthcare provider for evaluation and care.