The Windsor-Essex Health Unit has confirmed that there is a human case of West Nile Virus in Windsor.
Dr. Allen Heimann of the Health Unit announced that the the region’s first probable human case of West Nile virus this year was discovered when a 54-year-old man from Windsor tested positive for the virus after giving blood.
Officials say that the man has no symptoms or complications to date and is not hospitalized, and that Canadian Blood Services has discarded the man’s blood donation.
“It’s clear that West Nile virus is circulating in our community,” said Dr. Heimann. “It’s important that local residents take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection.”
To date nine mosquito pools in Windsor-Essex County have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The Health Unit has posted these tips for individuals to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients when going outdoors. Read and follow the manufacturers’ directions for safe use.
- Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
- Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.