West Nile virus case confirmed in B.C., two more cases in Washington state

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In British Columbia, a new case of West Nile virus has been reported in the Okanagan.Only non-human cases of West Nile have been confirmed outside of the Okanagan, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, which states birds and a horse were found to be infected.So far in 2019, one travel-related human case and one travel-related horse case have been reported, the agency said.Meanwhile, health officials in Washington state are reporting two new cases of West Nile virus.READ MORE: Okanagan residents warned of increased risk of West Nile virusThe two new cases of the potentially fatal illness have been confirmed in women in their 50s, bringing the total cases of confirmed West Nile in Washington to three in 2019.All three cases were detected in people living near the town of Kennewick, where the Columbia River turns west to create the border with Oregon state on its way to the Pacific Ocean.All three cases were state-acquired, according to the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH).West Nile virus has been detected in 26 mosquito samples from around Washington state this year as well as in one horse.“In 1999, West Nile virus first appeared in the United States in New York City,” according to WSDH. “Since that time, it has spread rapidly throughout the country.”READ MORE: Substance eaten by eight-year-old boy off of Kelowna classroom floor identifiedIn 2002, West Nile virus was first detected in a person residing in Ontario, according to the Canadian government.There were 427 cases reported across the country in 2018.The U.S. Centre for Disease Control map indicates hundreds of confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in 2019, including 141 cases in Arizona’s Maricopa County alone this year.In August, the Interior Health Authority, which provides health services in the Okanagan, urged residents to stay vigilant and protect against mosquito bites.WATCH STORY: Okanagan residents warned of increased risk of West Nile virus

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