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Mosquitoes in Perth found to be infected with West Nile virus

23 August 2018, 06:26 | Melissa Porter

GETTY VIRUS The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds

   VIRUS The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds

Two dead ravens found in southeast B.C. have tested positive for West Nile virus, marking the first evidence of the virus in the province this year.

Another six municipalities in Attica were added to the areas that have reported cases of the West Nile virus this summer while cases have been documented in at least 39 municipalities, including central suburbs like Kallithea, Egaleo and Piraeus. Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites.

No one has got the virus while in the UK.

A total of 401 human WNV infections have been reported in Europe with 22 deaths according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

It's working with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Canadian Blood Services to monitor virus activity, including screening the blood supply and reporting human and animal cases.

"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low".

Mosquitoes can also transmit West Nile virus to horses and occasionally to other animals.

Symptoms include fever, rash, headache, and rarely, more serious side-effects such as meningitis could develop.

Prevent mosquitos breeding near your home.

Install screens on windows.

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".

Use insect repellent containing DEET. Use as directed and consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

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