Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018

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It's an especially important job this year because the Department of Environmental Protection is reporting the highest levels of West Nile in the mosquito population since the virus first appeared in the state.

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said. Tests confirmed that the person had the neuro-invasive form of the virus. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal.

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.

The West Nile Virus has been detected in numerous states, including New York, California and Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches.

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"In recent years, when one human case occurs in an area, other cases often follow in the same part of the county", Fairfax officials said. Eight out of 10 people will never experience any symptoms.

Carroll and Helwig recommend people eliminate any artificial containers with standing water on their property, such as buckets, wheelbarrows or toys.

DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times.

Avoid the outdoors from dusk until dawn.

DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Use them according to label instructions. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

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