which include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck and muscle soreness — should seek medical attention. HEALTH–Second Travel-related Human Case Of West Nile VirusConfirmed The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jaysand ravens to local offices of the Department of NaturalResources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitablefor testing. To date, 871 birds have been tested for the virusthis season. Information on West Nile virus is available on the Department ofHealth Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s Website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html . Health officials confirmed today, Oct. 20, that the second humancase of West Nile virus in the province is suspected to betravel-related. It is believed that a woman from Antigonish County becameinfected with the virus after spending time in Saskatchewan,where there are approximately 693 probable and 38 confirmed humancases of West Nile virus. “We’re quite confident that this person wasn’t infected in NovaScotia,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, associate medical officer ofhealth for the province. “We’ve had no West Nile virus activityin Antigonish County, and this person didn’t travel to any areaswhere we have had infected birds.” Dr. Baikie said the woman became ill with West Nile fever afterher return from Saskatchewan, but has recovered fully. She didnot need to be hospitalized. In addition to the second human case, two more birds have beenconfirmed West Nile virus-positive. The birds are an Americancrow found in Barton, Digby Co., and an American crow found inYarmouth, Yarmouth Co. This is the first infected bird in eachcounty. “Despite positive birds, we still have no positive mosquitoes inthe province,” said Dr. Baikie. “We may continue to see positivebirds for the next few weeks, but the colder autumn temperaturesare reducing the likelihood of positive mosquitoes.” Dr. Baikie said the province will continue to monitor for thevirus in people, birds, mosquito pools and horses. The virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. While coldertemperatures should reduce mosquito numbers and therefore lowerthe risk of West Nile virus, it is still important for NovaScotians to protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes,especially in areas where dead birds have been confirmed to havethe virus. It is possible to reduce the risk of mosquito bites byeliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fittingclothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insectrepellent containing DEET according to the instructions on thebottle. Dr. Baikie said the human health risk associated with West Nilevirus is very low. “Most people infected with the virus will haveno symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very smallnumber of people will develop more severe symptoms,” she said. Anyone who demonstrates the more severe symptoms of the disease –
He was speaking after laying foundation stones of the National Highway projects in Madurai and at Suchindram in Kanyakumari district today. The Indian Union government is planning to conduct a feasibility study for the Rs 23,000 crore road connectivity project between India and Sri Lanka, which the centre is proposing, the Indian Business Standard reported.Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari today said that the Government is considering to establish road connectivity between India and Sri Lanka. The Government is planning a big flyover connecting Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka. Gadkari said he had already held discussions with the Chairman of Asian Development Bank in this regard and the Bank is ready to finance it. The Minister said this project is a part of Prime Minister NarendraModi’s vision of provisioning of road connectivity to neighbouring countries. The Minister laid foundation stones for ten road development projects for Tamil Nadu worth Rs 3,000 crore.