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Birds in B.C. test positive for West Nile virus

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile Virus (WNV) this season.

Harris now promises to educate others on the prevention of West Nile Virus.

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

"Please be very vigilant going around your home weekly and looking for standing water and dumping it out in locations that could possible hold standing water, it just takes over a little tablespoon of water and you are raising mosquitoes around your home", Mulla said. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the B.C. Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

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West Nile can potentially pass from birds to mosquitoes to humans, but there is no indication that any people have been affected.

West Nile virus has been spreading widely in recent years, while it has been established in Greece following an increase in mosquito populations migrating from Africa.

The City of Ottawa also says West Nile Virus has been spotted in local mosquitoes.

The Department of health in Nassau County issued similar warnings in June after Eastern equine encephalitis virus was found in horses in the county.

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The risk of getting West Nile virus is highest in the warmer months of the summer, usually from the end of July through August.

Interior Health said the risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people. Any standing body of water can be a breeding area: backyard pools, flowerpots, bird baths, rain gutters, tarps and tires.

Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

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-Repel: Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved insect repellents when outdoors, such as those containing the active ingredient DEET.

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