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68 hospitalized with West Nile fever; teenager in critical condition

68 hospitalized with West Nile fever; teenager in critical condition”

The person passed away last week and was diagnosed with a "more severe" form of West Nile virus.

A total of 401 cases of the virus have been reported in the European Union so far in 2018.

The virus is spread to humans who are bitten by an infected mosquito.

There is no evidence that people can get the virus from a horse that has the disease.

It's working with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Canadian Blood Services to monitor virus activity, including screening the blood supply and reporting human and animal cases.

On Tuesday, Interior Health said the birds were tested after they were found in Kimberley, B.C., during routine checks. Most people will not experience symptoms.

There have also been cases of mosquitos spreading the virus to horses and other animals, so horse owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarians for informations about equine vaccines.

The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission said the mosquito-borne virus found in crows and blue jays has doubled since the beginning of August.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Install screens on all windows. Anything that can hold water can be a mosquito breeding area.

Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology, told Mail Online: "While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself".

Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label.

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