Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

The child experienced neurological symptoms and was hospitalized. No human infections have been reported at this time.

The person with the first human case of West Nile Virus to be identified in Manitoba this year is a child.

The Department of Environmental Protection said it has found mosquitoes infected with the virus in 51 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

Symptoms associated with West Nile virus typically appear 3 to 14 days after infection.

In a very few cases, West Nile fever leads to encephalitis or meningitis with associated neck stiffness, confusion, or seizures.

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"Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won't travel far from where they are born - if there are mosquitoes in your backyard or neighborhood, they are likely laying eggs there as well", said Matt Helwig, a biolgist with the DEP mosquito program. Drain any standing water in your yard each week.

People infected with West Nile virus may show no or very mild symptoms. Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

The most vulnerable to the virus are people age 50 and older and those who have weakened immune systems because of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Peel Region, a spokesperson for Peel Public Health confirms. Residents are reminded to wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers and use mosquito repellent containing DEET if older than six months of age.

Officials also recommend dumping out standing water that can collect in old tires, planters, buckets, toys, flowerpots, trash cans and birdbaths.

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