Buffalo County bird tests positive for West Nile virus

Dead birds, plenty of mosquitoes indicate West Nile virus will stick around awhile

Officials say people need to take precautions against mosquito bites, with the long Labor Day weekend coming up. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said.

According to CDC, most people (70-80 percent) infected with WNV show no symptoms at all. He says look out for symptoms like high fever, muscle weakness, confusion, tremors and headache.

To protect yourself from West Nile virus, officials recommend wearing light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

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Mosquitoes are known carriers of WNV and other disease-causing viruses. Health Canada recommends adults and children over six months of age use a mosquito repellent with DEET or icaridin.

"The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has historically been identified as an area with increased risk for the virus", the health unit wrote in a news release. "This year we have four suspect cases", said John Hausbeck, environmental health supervisor. During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory as a result of the first human case of West Nile virus for 2017 being confirmed. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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