AHS warns Calgarians about the risk of West Nile Virus

Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has not reported any cases of West Nile Virus in the state.

No infected west Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found so far this year.

There were an additional 409 cases of West Nile-positive mosquito pools.

The Health Unit reminds people that they should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes and it's important to eliminate any standing water and take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.

- Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.


West Nile Virus has been identified in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004.

For those individuals who do spend their mornings and evenings outdoors, the health district recommends wearing light-colored, long-sleeved clothing, while also making sure exposed skin is covered with a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or picaridin. Mosquitoes can then transmit it to other birds or to humans or horses.

Check that door and window screens fit properly and don't have any holes.

Serious cases of West Nile virus are rare, but can cause swelling of the brain, loss of vision, paralysis and even brain damage.

Old tires are a ideal breeding site for mosquitoes and should be discarded.

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