West Nile Viruspositive Birds Confirmed in Antigonish and Digby

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first_img Health officials confirmed today, Oct. 30, that four more birdshave tested positive for West Nile virus in Nova Scotia. Three ofthe birds were found in one location in Antigonish, AntigonishCo., and the fourth bird was found in Barton, Digby Co. “The incubation period for West Nile virus in birds can be up totwo weeks, so we may continue to see some positive dead birds,”said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medical officer of health for theprovince. “Normally with a cluster of birds like those found in Antigonish,we would follow up by trapping mosquitoes for testing,” said JeffOgden, field entomologist with the Department of NaturalResources. “However, we are late in the season now and because ofthe colder temperatures we don’t expect to be able to collectenough mosquitoes for testing.” Dr. Scott said that there is no connection between the birds andthe case of travel-related West Nile virus confirmed in anAntigonish County woman earlier this month. “This doesn’t changethe status of this travel-related case. The woman began showingsymptoms in late August when there was no West Nile virusactivity in the area, and she had just returned from Saskatchewanwhere a number of people had been infected with the virus.” He also said the human health risk associated with West Nilevirus is very low, particularly given colder temperatures in theprovince. “Most people infected with the virus will have nosymptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very smallnumber of people will develop more severe symptoms.” The province has been tracking the virus in birds, mosquitoes andpeople since May 2003. More than 895 birds have been tested forthe virus so far this season and 16 have tested positive. Information on West Nile virus is available on the Department ofHealth Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s Website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html . HEALTH–West Nile Virus-positive Birds Confirmed in Antigonishand Digbylast_img

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