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Wednesday September 4th, 2013

Posted at 1:48pm

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Two Windsor-Essex residents have tested positive for West Nile Virus in addition to one other announced earlier.

The Health Unit says the residents, between the ages of 28 and 56, were out-patients and no one was hospitalized.

“The season isn’t over yet,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Allen Heimann. “It’s important that local residents continue to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection.”

To date, six collections of mosquitoes in Windsor-Essex have tested positive for West Nile virus.

You can protect yourself from mosquito bites in several ways according to the Health Unit:

  • 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.

The Health Unit and each municipality will continue to monitor for West Nile virus activity.

For more information on West Nile virus, you can visit http://www.wechealthunit.org/diseases-conditions/west-nile-virus.

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