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Manitoba confirms 1st human case of West Nile virus

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Manitoba has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this summer – Jul 29, 2022

Manitoba has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this summer.

Officials say the virus has been confirmed in a woman in her 60s who lives in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.

There was no update on the woman’s condition in a provincial release Friday.

The case comes just over a week after the province reported that the first mosquitoes carrying the virus had been found in the RM of Headingley.

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The provincial government says mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Manitoba

The province now says a second pool of mosquitoes carrying the virus has also been found in Brandon.

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Officials say the risk of exposure to West Nile remains low, but it’s likely to increase in the coming weeks as the highest-risk period in Manitoba is historically late July and early August.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe illness, including encephalitis (swelling of the brain), according to the province’s website.

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While some people who get West Nile show no symptoms and do not become ill, others may show mild symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue and body aches. It can sometimes result in long-term complications and death, the province warns.

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It takes just a single bite from an infected mosquito to get West Nile, officials say.

In southern Manitoba, anyone can be exposed to an infected culex tarsalis mosquito from June to September, the province says.

They caution people to wear appropriate clothing or bug repellant when outdoors to avoid being bitten and risking infection.

Between 2017 and 2021 provincial officials say 45 cases of West Nile were found in Manitoba, nine of which required hospitalization, including four who needed intensive care.

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