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The Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit says West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Perth.

Utah has seen its first death of the season from West Nile virus, the Salt Lake County Health Department reported in a statement Wednesday.

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

The virus has also infected people in Viotia, Halkidiki, Thessaloniki, Evia, Imathia, Pella, Corinth, Kilkis and Rethymno.

A total of 401 human WNV infections have been reported in Europe with 22 deaths according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds, before passing their infected blood on to humans via bites.

On Tuesday, Interior Health said the birds were tested after they were found in Kimberley, B.C., during routine checks.

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"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low". Horse owners are advised to contact veterinarians for information about equine vaccines.

Interior Health says people over 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk, and the risk of contracting the disease is highest in July and August.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home.

Install screens on windows.

Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, neglected swimming pools, wading pools, old tires, and all other objects that hold water.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Use as directed and consult a physician before using repellents on infants. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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