Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

AHS warns Calgarians about the risk of West Nile Virus

AHS warns Calgarians about the risk of West Nile Virus

Alberta saw seven cases of the virus a year ago compared to the five seen in 2016 and between 2003 and 2017, a total of 514 cases were reported in the province.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has not reported any cases of West Nile Virus in the state.

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Samples collected in those area over the past two weeks have indicated high mosquito populations, and some samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials say.

With temperatures warming and mosquitos coming out of hiding, Alberta Health Services is once again reminding the public about the threat of West Nile Virus - something that just won't go away.

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What Is West Nile Virus?

Mosquitos can contract the virus after feeding on an infected bird, and then pass the virus on to any human it bites. The 2018 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.

What Are the Symptoms of West Nile?

Only one in five people will actually develop symptoms. All age groups are susceptible, but the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe forms of the disease.

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