The first human case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed in British Columbia.
Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer with the Interior Health Authority, said tests are currently underway to determine if another person has also been infected.
“The confirmed case is a Kelowna resident and the suspected second case lives in the same household,” Hasselback said. “Both people had travelled within the central and south Okanagan areas and reported being bitten by mosquitoes.”
So far, three mosquito pools in the south Okanagan have tested positive for the West Nile virus. All previously recorded cases in B.C. were infections acquired outside the province.
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