West Nile fever confirmed in Kozhikode

West Nile virus mosquitos

West Nile virus mosquitos

West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness that is usually spread to animals and humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Officials did not release any details as to the person's sex or age.

The child, from the Southern Health region, was likely exposed in early July and experienced neurological symptoms, the province said.

The case comes amid what the health department called a "surge" in mosquitoes infected with the virus across the county.

Fairfax County health officials said they've seen a "large increase" in mosquitoes carrying the virus.

However, the season isn't over yet, and the number of "vector" mosquitoes is increasing as the summer moves on, he said.

Last year, Toronto Public Health did not record the first lab-confirmed case of West Nile virus until August 25.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile a year ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The initial body fluid sample taken from the 24-year-old woman and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has been confirmed as that of the West Nile viral infection. Symptoms can include muscle aches, headache and fever. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms. People with weak immune systems or older than 60 are more at risk of the falling ill to the infection.

Homeowners are also asked to eliminate standing water by cleaning eaves troughs, emptying bird baths, covering rain barrels with mosquito screens, getting rid of containers that collect water and landscaping for better drainage.

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