West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Altona, Winkler and West St. Paul

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The province says it has detected the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped in Altona, West St. Paul and Winkler.

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The province says it has detected the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped in Altona, West St. Paul and Winkler.

But there have been no reported human cases of West Nile so far this summer and no mosquito spraying has yet been ordered in the communities where infected mosquitoes have been found.

In a news release Friday, the government said the potential for human exposure to infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes — the type that spreads West Nile — is present throughout southern Manitoba.

JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES West Nile has been detected in mosquitoes trapped in Altona, West St. Paul and Winkler.

Most mosquitoes collected in provincial traps so far have been nuisance mosquitoes that do not spread the virus, but Culex tarsalis numbers are rising, the government said.

The infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes were collected last week.

The risk of exposure to West Nile virus is expected to continue in the coming weeks, particularly if warm and dry conditions persist, as these are ideal for Culex tarsalis development and activity, the province said.

Manitobans can reduce the risk of mosquito bites and exposure to West Nile virus by:

• reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours between dusk and dawn;

• using appropriate mosquito repellent;

• wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing; and

• maintaining door and window screens so they fit tightly and are free of holes.

The province will provide further West Nile updates throughout the summer.

More information about West Nile virus, including weekly average trap counts of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, fact sheets, posters and information for municipalities and health-care providers, is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/wnv.

Manitobans can also contact Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or at 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) for more information.

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