Manitoba child the province's first human case of West Nile for 2018

West Nile virus mosquitos

According to World Health Organisation, there is one reported case of transplacental (mother-to-child) WNV transmission.

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said.

Going into the long weekend, the province is reminding people that warm and dry conditions have been ideal for the breed of mosquito that carries West Nile, the culex tarsalis.

The first case of West Nile virus infection in Virginia this year has been reported in Fairfax County, coming on the heels of a confirmed case in Maryland.

"Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won't travel far from where they are born - if there are mosquitoes in your backyard or neighborhood, they are likely laying eggs there as well", said Matt Helwig, a biolgist with the DEP mosquito program.

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Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, a rash on the chest, stomach or back, and a fever.

Human and non-human cases of West Nile Virus by state.

Less than 1 percent of infected people develop the sometimes fatal neuro-invasive illness. No vaccine has been discovered yet for the infection. Change water in bird baths every three to four days. Keep in mind to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.

Preventative measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and using mosquito repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET or Picaridin.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born". Long sleeves and trousers if possible.

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