West Nile virus is spotted

Health officials are urging residents to be cautious of the mosquito-borne illness.

Ten sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEEV in 2018, one tested positive for Highlands J Virus (HJV), and 21 tested positive for WNV, Nassau County health officials said.

Health officials have confirmed single cases of West Nile virus in Duval and Nassau counties, according to the Florida Department of Health. In addition to the eight human cases, three MI blood donors have had WNV detected in their blood.

The NWHC recommends that individuals take precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes which can transmit the virus between infected birds and people and other animals.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, joint pain and vomiting. Like WNV, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) can adversely affect both humans and horses - EEE is more severe than WNV, but fortunately much rarer.

"Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, kind of loose fitting clothing". View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET (http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent.

Install screens on all windows and doors.

The infected mosquitoes were collected in the town last week.

Eliminate standing water: Mosquitoes need water to lay eggs.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.

Everyone can help with limiting the number of mosquitoes by keeping areas around homes less conducive for their reproduction. Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

However, the organisation has insisted there is little risk to public health.

The CDC has reported human cases of West Nile in 40 states this summer.