Published: Thu, August 23, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

West Nile virus: Mosquitoes known for spreading deadly disease found in UK

West Nile virus: Mosquitoes known for spreading deadly disease found in UK

On Tuesday, Interior Health said the birds were tested after they were found in Kimberley, B.C., during routine checks.

Health authorities said on Wednesday that from May 31 until August 20 there have been cases reported in at least 39 municipalities, including Kallithea, Egaleo and Piraeus - compared to 10 previous year. Canadian Blood Services hasn't identified the virus in its screening program, either.

"As we begin to see additional cases of West Nile Virus in humans, it is critically important that Delawareans take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. Infected mosquitoes spread the virus to animals and people by biting them.

Earlier this week, tests confirmed that mosquitoes carrying the virus were found in coastal areas, including the Menashe Regional Council, Alona Regional Council, Pardes Hannah, Binyamina and Caesarea.

Some mosquitoes can spread the disease to humans and other animals through bites. Those over the age of 50 and anyone with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable.

Another six people have been hospitalized in serious condition with the mosquito-transmitted disease this month, the Ynet news website said, in addition to the dozens who were treated for the disease who were in mild or moderate condition.

Homeowners can also eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds on their property, which includes anything that can hold water, such as pools and even the saucers under flowerpots. These should be emptied regularly and pumps installed where possible.

Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology, told Mail Online: "While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself".

Wear protective clothing. If you are in an area with many mosquitoes, wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt.

Install screens on all windows.

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