Knesset Health Committee Schedules Emergency Session on West Nile Virus

Knesset Health Committee Schedules Emergency Session on West Nile Virus

Two dead ravens in Kimberley, B.C., have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Health officials have confirmed the first death in Utah caused by the West Nile virus this year.

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.

"Around 7 and 8 o'clock that's going to be the high risk period of being bitten, and there are a lot of mosquitoes carrying this virus this time of the year", said Theodore Andreadis, Director Agriculture Experiment Station. Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water.

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Wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and trousers. The chickens are used to detect some mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile. You should use insect repellent containing the chemical Deet and you should make sure your home doors are sealed. Agriculture officials say the spread of the virus in horses can be prevented with proper vaccination.

The chances of a person contracting WNV are low and most people infected with West Nile virus will not have any symptoms. Individuals with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.

Reports of infections of the brain and nervous system are more reliable indicators of West Nile's seriousness than statistics for flu-like West Nile fever or symptomless infections found most often when people donate blood, he and Ratard both said.