Beyond Local: Albertans urged to protect against West Nile

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Most people believe their highest chance of getting bit by a mosquito that's carrying west nile is in the woods, but Armstrong told us that's not actually the case.

Summer is slowly coming to an end, but health officials say ticks and mosquitoes are not.

East Baton Rouge Parish will increase mosquito spraying Friday night and through the rest of the weekend after mosquitoes in the parish tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Advocate.

While it's now not an issue here in CT another Mosquito borne illness you need to look out for is Eastern equine encephalitis it's been detected in south eastern MA.

While Kennedy said not all mosquitoes carry the virus, it's important for Albertans to avoid being bitten at all to reduce the chance of infection.

"Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and hungry and willing to bite you", she said.

"Our message to the public is that West Nile virus is here, but it is preventable", Dr. Joe Iser, the Health District's chief health officer, said in a statement.

West Nile comes with a few, distinct symptoms that include fever, weakness, muscle pain, and headaches.

Sherman, who is a Lethbridge resident, stresses he does not know exactly where his wife contracted the virus, but confirms she did visit Coaldale during that time period as well as other places.

Sherman says he is encouraged by steps taken by AHS to share West Nile warnings this year directly with 60 municipalities in the region instead of relying on third-hand social media sharing and canned press releases about the general dangers of the disease.

To prevent mosquito bites, people should wear light-colored, long-sleeve shirts and trousers and use insect repellant with the active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil lemon eucalyptus and 2-undercanone, the Health District said.

"We have not had any confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Alberta yet in 2019", she said. "That is one of the things I wanted drive home".



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