LETHBRIDGE: The first two cases of West Nile virus in our province this year, have been confirmed in Southern Alberta.
The first case involved a woman in her 40's and the second was a male in his 50's, with both contracting the illness in mid-August. Fortunately the two cases are Non-neurological Syndrome, which is the less severe version of the infection.
While most people bitten by an infected mosquito never develop symptoms, the reaction can be very serious.
People who develop symptoms from Non-neurological Syndrome may notice fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, skin rash, swollen glands and headache. For every 150 people infected only about one will receive the Neurological Syndrome. Those infected that that form may experience tremors, drowsiness, confusion, swallowing problems, high fever, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death.
You're reminded to cover up with long sleeves and pants, wear insect repellent with DEET, put on a hat and avoid going outside at dawn and dusk if possible, as mosquitos are the most active during those times.