OTTAWA - To prepare for the upcoming West Nile (WN) virus season, Health Canada, in collaboration with its many partners, is focussing its efforts in six main areas of activity:
West Nile is common in the species of mosquitos that feed on birds. As a result, any dead bird, such as a magpie, crow or bluejay, must be tested to see if has died from exposure to West Nile virus.
Calm your fears with facts. West Nile Virus is a rather exotic virus, however most infections in humans, which are exceedingly rare, result in a mild fever and flu-like symptoms.It is estimated that 1 out of every 150 people infected with this virus will develop the more serious encephalitis, meningitis or both.
Routine screening of blood donations detected Alberta's first provincially contracted case of the West Nile virus in a human, health officials said Tuesday. BC Centre of Disease Control