West Nile found in Winnipeg mosquitoes for 1st time this season

The first mosquitoes found carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in Winnipeg

The first mosquitoes found carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in Winnipeg

Franklin County Public Health officials will be spraying today to keep us safe from the West Nile virus.

The new cases were reported from Fresno (1), Kern (1), Los Angeles (1), Sacramento (1), and San Bernardino (1) counties. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease.

How can humans get West Nile Virus? . While a vaccine is available for horses, there is no current vaccine to prevent illness in people.

"As we approach WNV season, we encourage everyone to take the proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites when outdoors", stated DPHHS epidemiologist Erika Baldry.

It's also important to dump out any standing water left over by sprinklers, as mosquitoes can lay eggs in even a very small amount of it.

Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor, also says, "Encouraging your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their own property is critical to a community-wide control program". The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.


Using insect repellent registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (such as one containing DEET). Be sure to read and follow the label directions.

"Repellent works well when you dress in long sleeves and trousers".

West Nile as a mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe illness including encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and can sometimes result in long-term complications and death.

Three residents were diagnosed and hospitalized due to West Nile infections a year ago.

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

Most people bitten by infected mosquitoes may experience mild flu-like symptoms or no symptoms at all.

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