Atlantic County reports positive samples of West Nile virus

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Alberta Health Services reminding locals to protect themselves from West Nile infection

On Thursday, the State Health Department confirmed the first human case of 2018.

"With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus", said Dr. Jason Cabaj, Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

What Is West Nile Virus?

They also recommend removing all sources of standing water.

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"It's imperative that county residents be aware that West Nile Virus is active and to avoid mosquito bites by whatever means necessary", said Matthew Ball, District Manager for the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.

-Trimming tall grass, weeds, and vines, as mosquitos use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours, and landscaping to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

The virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to animals, birds and humans.

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Most people who contract West Nile will show no symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home - Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

The health unit will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus and the larviciding program will continue throughout the summer.

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