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West Nile fever virus claims four more lives in Serbia

14 September 2018

Health officials say most people are infected with the virus any time between June and September.

While 25 people have been killed across the country as of September 4, some 262 people were affected by the fever, a statement said.

Officials have confirmed that a 68-year-old woman tested positive for the virus and are now working with the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission to conduct additional spraying and mosquito testing in the area.

• Keep screen doors and window screens in good condition so that mosquitoes can not get indoors. The disease can not be transmitted between animals and humans. "This case of West Nile virus is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect ourselves and loved ones from potential infection when outdoors". Although mosquitoes are not killed until a hard frost occurs, they are extremely unlikely to be active when temperatures fall below 50 degrees in the evening. These are located in East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.

Colby noted only about one in 150 infected with West Nile get seriously ill. In rare cases, the illness can be serious and even fatal.

Many people who contract the virus can experience fever, headache and body aches.

For more information on West Nile virus, visit york.ca/westnile or contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-512-6228.

West Nile fever virus claims four more lives in Serbia