Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported for 2018

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported for 2018

Don't forget about the risk of West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection.

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that mosquitos in Chatham County have tested posted for the West Nile Virus.

From 2003 to 2017, 514 cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in Alberta, many of which were acquired here in the province.

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

In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile virus. Only about one in every 150 people who contract West Nile will end up with a case this severe.

The health unit says they are continuing to monitor the situation and the larviciding program will continue throughout the summer. It's been reported in other countries for more than 50 years. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms. The incubation period for the virus is anywhere from three days to two weeks.

Symptoms include fever, headache, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

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