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AHS warns Calgarians about the risk of West Nile Virus

AHS warns Calgarians about the risk of West Nile Virus

The Health Unit, along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection.

"With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus", said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, lead Medical Officer of Health, South Zone, in a news release Tuesday.

At this time, no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in any Coastal Health District county, including Chatham.

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The reported case is out of Hinds County.

What Is West Nile Virus?

Mosquitoes can then transmit it to other birds or to humans or horses.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms. Due to the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure their horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations. Those who do actually have symptoms usually experience a fever along with a headache, body and joint aches and pain, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes a rash, according to the CDC. This severe illness is more common in those over 60 years of age and those with compromised immune systems.