Province confirms first two cases of human West Nile

Alberta health officials have confirmed the first two cases of human West Nile virus in the province this year.

EDMONTON — Alberta health officials have confirmed the first two cases of human West Nile virus in the province this year.

They say both cases were picked up in southern Alberta in mid-August.

A man and a woman, both between 40 and 55 years old, have the less serious form of the mosquito-borne virus.

Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s chief medical health officer, urges people to wear insect repellant, long-sleeved shirts and light-coloured clothing when outside.

Even better, he says, is to stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

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