The Quebec Health Ministry has issued a statement alerting the public to the discovery of West Nile Virus in mosquitos in the province.\nWest Nile Virus is often symptomless but could lead to paralysis in extreme cases.\nThe government also maintains a list of recommendations to prevent contact with mosquitos.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nQuebec's health ministry has alerted the public that they recently found the first cases of mosquitos infected with West Nile virus in the province.\nVigilance remains essential to those who don't want to contract the disease. Those who work outdoors or near bodies of standing water are especially at risk. Mosquitos are found all over the world and carry many infectious viruses that can cause serious health problems.\nWest Nile Virus is indiscriminate and can infect anyone, no matter how healthy. Often, mosquitos infected with West Nile also carry California Serogroup Virus, which can cause severe neurological damage if not treated. These are the mosquitos that were recently discovered by Quebec's health ministry.\nThere are many ways people can protect themselves against the virus. Quebec's health ministry recommends to those worried about mosquitos to install measures that limit the presence of these pestilent insects. That means don't kill those spiders making their homes above your balcony, they're your best friends in this situation!\nThere are more than 3,500 species of mosquito in the world. The four most common types of mosquitos are found throughout Canada and the U.S.\nNaturally, these four are also most likely to carry diseases such as West Nile and malaria.\nView this post on Instagram Today is World Mosquito Day. These insects can be the carriers of many diseases, and today serves as a day to remind the public of the dangers of their bite, and how to prevent mosquitoes near you. . . . . #Mosquito #Disease #Dangers #MeridienResearch #ClinicalResearch A post shared by Meridien Research (@meridienresearch) on Aug 20, 2019 at 8:05am PDT\nThese hibernating little insects can drink 3x their weight in blood and females can hatch up to 300 eggs in one go. Only female mosquitos bite.\nQuebec's health ministry recommends keeping yards and gutters clean and eliminating all standing water from your property to prevent the spread of mosquitors.\nKeep in mind that mosquito repellant only works if there's DEET in it and that the bugs are attracted to darker colours, lotions, and perfume.\nREAD ALSO: The Chinese Lantern Festival Will Light Up The Montreal Botanical Garden Next Month\nWest Nile Virus doesn't show symptoms in roughly 80% of all cases. The elderly and people with weak immune systems are most susceptible. Symptoms arise after a week or two of getting bit.\nView this post on Instagram #OnThisDay in 1915 Carlos Juan Finlay died. He was a Cuban epidemiologist who contributed to the etiology and pathology of yellow fever. He pioneered the recognition of the mosquito as the agent of transmission from infected to healthy humans, which idea he published in 1881. Despite the publication of his significant work in 1886, his ideas were ahead of their time, and ignored by the medical community until 20 years later, then 14 years after his death. ⠀ ⠀ Interestingly, also #OnThisDay in 1897, physician Sir Ronald Ross made a key breakthrough when he discovered malaria parasites while dissecting a mosquito. This day is now known as #WorldMosquitoDay in celebration of this important discovery.⠀ ⠀ #worldmosquitoday2019 #science #history #sciencehistory #OTD #yellowfever #mosquito #biology #biomedical #physiology #research A post shared by The Physiological Society (@thephysoc) on Aug 20, 2019 at 4:43am PDT\nSymptoms of West Nile Virus include:\nFever \n\n\nAches and pains \n\n\nSwollen lymph glands\n\n\nRashes\nFewer than 1% of people will develop serious symptoms such as:\nNausea and vomiting \n\n\nDifficulty swallowing \n\n\nConfusion \n\n\nMuscle weakness \n\n\nAnd paralysis\nDoctors advise anyone who believes they've contracted West Nile to contact their health care provider. West Nile should go away naturally in a few days.\nWear long pants and skip the perfume if you'll be going on a hiking trip anytime soon!\nTo find out more about West Nile Virus and how to prevent it from happening to you, please visit the Government of Canada's official website.