West Nile Virus Cases Way Up in Southern Alberta in 2018

A huge jump last year in the number of West Nile virus cases reported across southern Alberta.

According to a surveillance study from the Alberta Government, which includes data from public health laboratories and Canadian Blood Services, 40 cases were reported in the south in 2018.
 
That's way up from just four cases in 2017, and is also the highest amount since 2007 when there were 245 confirmed cases.
 
The study notes that the majority of West Nile activity occurs in the grassland areas of southeastern Alberta.
 
A total of 50 cases were reported in the entire province in 2018.
 
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of infected mosquitos. Alberta Health Services says symptoms can range from fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, skin rash, swollen glands and headache, to rare, but severe neurological illness.

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