Manitoba’s first human case of West Nile disease in 2013 has been detected.
The disease was found in a Winnipeg woman who is in her 40s. Manitoba Health say that it’s believed she contracted the disease earlier this summer in or around Winnipeg. So far, her symptoms are described as mild.
Earlier this week, Brandon mosquito counters reported that the number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes had spiked in the city. More than 13 per cent of the skeeters trapped on Monday were Culex tarsalis, which are the type that carries and transmits the West Nile virus.
Of course, the risk of infection remains low. And most people who are infected may never even notice — the virus can cause a range of symptoms, from exceedingly mild to a severe neurological syndrome.
Still, despite the low risk, it’s a worrisome milestone that we now encounter every summer.
We urge all our readers to do their part in thwarting mosquitoes by ensuring they dump out containers of standing water, draining their eavestroughs and covering any rain barrels.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 23, 2013