West Nile virus found in Manitoba mosquitoes: province

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It is usually older adults, those over 50 years old, who run a higher risk of getting a severe infection, with a high fever and flu-like symptoms.

According to Sudia, the most important thing people can do to protect themselves from mosquitoes is to remove any standing water from around their homes, wear long sleeves and trousers, and put on bug spray. Awareness of these parasites - including canine heartworm, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis -is another important component of mosquito control the general public must embrace. Apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin and clothing. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Also, stay indoors during the hours between dusk and dawn, they said. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning in areas of high risk. Instead, people must "fight the bite" to help prevent infection.

Insect repellent is on top of the CDC's prevention recommendations, as well as wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

Place Mosquito Dunks in stagnant water areas around your home which include ditches and low lying areas. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Manitobans are also asked to eliminate standing water on their properties by cleaning eavestroughs and emptying containers that collect water, covering rain barrels with a screen and landscaping to improve drainage. Risk for contracting the virus varies yearly based on precipitation, temperature and mosquito populations, among other factors. Mosquito Control urges horse owners to vaccinate their horses.

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