Algoma district residents reminded to protect themselves against West Nile Virus

16 August, 2018, 21:39 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • West Nile Virus detected in Wallaceburg

Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property.

"But this is a red flag telling us we need to really communicate the message to protect yourself against mosquitos because it's going to be a more risky year", Hall said.

It's the first lab-confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2018 for the health unit's region which includes the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County and Haliburton County.

They don't fly far and tend to lay their eggs in standing water in people's backyards, including buckets, tarps or tires, she said.

A recent spike in mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus caused the DuPage County Health Department to remind residents of the importance of protecting themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of contracting the virus.

Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a bird that carries the virus.

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"Residents can call us and we can stock their pools, free of charge", Gruener said.

Fortunately, though, so far this year in Virginia there have been only two reported human infections of West Nile virus. West Nile is especially unsafe to people over 60 years old, as serious complications can develop.

The best defense against West Nile is bug repellent, since the mosquitos obviously can't infect you if you're not being bitten to begin with.

While West Nile virus is rarely fatal or even serious, with 80 percent not even developing symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five will exhibit some sort of symptoms.

"Most people that do have symptoms would have mild flu like symptoms".

Among the symptoms are fever, fatigue and body aches.

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