Monday, 20 August, 2018

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, health unit says

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm
Melissa Porter | 09 August, 2018, 02:15

The first West Nile virus death of 2018 has been reported by the Dallas County Health and Human Services.

"Positive and suspected West Nile cases are a reminder that preventative measures are important", said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the department.

DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins explains that proper mosquito bite prevention involves DEET sprays.

So for this year in Ontario, three probable or confirmed human cases of West Nile virus have been reported. West Nile virus was also found in one horse and 10 birds this week, and experts say it won't slow down anytime soon.

Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.

July and August are the times people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Health officials note that even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take to eliminate standing water.