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Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018

Child becomes first Manitoban infected with West Nile Virus in 2018

The West Nile Virus has been detected in numerous states, including New York, California and Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

"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.

Last year, Toronto Public Health did not record the first lab-confirmed case of West Nile virus until August 25.

The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

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Thomas remained 1 minute, 39 seconds ahead of four-time champion Froome, with Dumoulin 1:50 back. Before that, Gilbert posted a video online explaining why he would be unable to finish the race.

The vector index, which measures human risk for infection, remains lows in Weld County, but health officials say that could change in the coming weeks. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes. "Get rid of even small amounts of standing water around your home". Less than one percent of those infected develop serious illness of the nervous system like encephalitis or meningitis.

Residents can also eliminate habitat by getting rid of standing and stagnant water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.

DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active.

"Until the hard frosts of fall set in, Halton residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites", said Dr. Daniela Kempkens, Halton Region Acting Medical Officer of Health.

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