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Officials say most people who contract the virus have no clinical symptoms, but some may become sick three to 15 days after being bitten.

KEELPNO said there was an early onset of the virus in Europe in 2018, with the first cases of human infections in Greece reported in late May and early June.

"As the fall approaches, it's vital to remember that mosquito bite protection should continue until the weather significantly cools", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.

Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites.

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. Those over the age of 50 and anyone with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable.

IH and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control say the risk of infection from handling birds is very low.

A total of 401 cases of the virus have been reported in the European Union so far in 2018. Identify and remove potential breeding areas on your property - empty saucers under flowerpots; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; drain tarps, tires, and other debris where rain water may collect; and install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.

Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens.


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