Manitoba confirms first case of West Nile virus for 2022

Manitoba Health has reported the first confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2022.

The province says the 60-year-old woman lives in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority and seems to be an isolated case at this time.

This makes the 46th case in the province since 2017. Out of the 46, nine were hospitalized with four ending up in intensive care.

The Manitoba government says the risk of exposure to the virus is low, but Manitobans should remain cautious over the summer months while outside, especially in areas that are heavily populated by mosquitos.

On top of the West Nile virus case, the province confirmed a group of a pool of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes near Brandon have been confirmed to be carrying the virus. It is the second group of mosquitos to be confirmed as having the virus within the province.

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