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Friday, July 29, 2011

Canada : Sarnia crow tests positive for West Nile virus

Article via The Times Herald :

" Results received by Sarnia officials today confirm that a dead crow tested positive for West Nile virus.

The crow, which was found in central Sarnia on July 20, is the first positive case of West Nile in 2011 in Lambton County.

So far this year, four birds have been submitted for testing to the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department.

West Nile virus activity tends to increase throughout August and September, officials said in a news release.

The virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Though less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill, symptoms include fever, headache, skin rash or muscle aches.

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Lambton County this year, and none of the mosquitoes caught for surveillance activity have tested positive."

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