British Columbia has its first confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2018, Interior Health said on Wednesday.
So far, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has detected West Nile virus in the following communities: Bethany, Bridgeport, Chester, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Franklin, Greenwich, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, Middlefield, Milford, Monroe, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, Norwalk, Orange, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Woodbridge.
"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 risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people; however, those over 50 or with compromised immune systems are more susceptible.
Those individuals can suffer brain swelling, inflammation of the brain lining and paralysis, and can potentially die from the virus.
"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low". Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water.
There is no evidence that people can get the virus from a horse that has the disease.More news: Rakitic, Modric, Henry, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Lookman
Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites.
A key step in the prevention of West Nile is reduction of mosquito breeding grounds.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, joint pain and vomiting. Any standing body of water can be a breeding area: backyard pools, flowerpots, bird baths, rain gutters, tarps and tires.
Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens. According KEELPNO's weekly report, released on Thursday, yet more virus infections are expected in the coming period.
Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use.
Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves.