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West Nile fever confirmed in Kozhikode

West Nile fever confirmed in Kozhikode

The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that the victim was 81 or older and lived in central Iowa.

Last year, Toronto Public Health did not record the first lab-confirmed case of West Nile virus until August 25.

West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.

The case comes amid what the health department called a "surge" in mosquitoes infected with the virus across the county.

Vaccines are not yet available for use in humans to tackle the mosquito-borne virus.

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It's not uncommon to find West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Peel Region.

"I think it's important for us to talk a little bit about it today because it's one of those unusual years where there's not a lot of biting pressure from the so-called nuisance mosquitoes", he said.

About 80 percent of infected people show no symptoms at all.

The state is checking the case of an Allegheny County resident, sending samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Those most susceptible are people 50 years old and older and those whose immunity is suppressed because of a disease such as cancer or diabetes. You can also reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating standing water in gutters, buckets pool covers, pet dishes and birdbaths.

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


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