Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018


Boulder County Public Health recently confirmed that mosquitoes in Erie, Louisville and Longmont, Colorado, have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), providing a reminder for the campus community to take precautions when outdoors this time of year.

Humans can catch the virus through mosquito bites.

Authorities say Iowa's first reported 2018 death associated with the West Nile virus has occurred.

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The department of Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living said the case was found in a child under 10 in the Southern Health region in the province. The increase, officials said, is widespread across the county and has happened earlier this summer, compared with previous years.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness said in a release that surveillance traps in three local zip codes turned up infected mosquitoes including 40212, 40213, and 40214.

Several mosquito traps in Canyon County have tested positive for the virus this season, including one collected on July 20 in the Roswell Marsh area off Highway 18 near the Idaho-Oregon border.

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The infection can even affect the central nervous system and last for months or years. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

People infected with West Nile virus may show no or very mild symptoms. Anyone who thinks they may be infected should see a doctor immediately, officials said. Standing water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. A rare number of people can experience more significant symptoms.

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