Mosquitos that carry fatal virus spotted in Southend

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Health officials have documented the first confirmed cases of West Nile virus to reach B.C. this year, though there has been no apparent human impact so far.

"The majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not develop symptoms but those that do will experience a mild, flu like illness and rash lasting up to six days".

"As we begin to see additional cases of West Nile Virus in humans, it is critically important that Delawareans take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) is expected to release its latest report on Thursday.

It's working with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Canadian Blood Services to monitor virus activity, including screening the blood supply and reporting human and animal cases.

West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus.

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Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date.

Interior Health said the risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Homeowners can also eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds on their property, which includes anything that can hold water, such as pools and even the saucers under flowerpots. This is when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active. Use as directed and consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

Install screens on windows. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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