West Nile Virus Returns To Region

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Posted at 3:05pm


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A mosquito pool in Essex County has tested positive for West Nile Virus and is the first sign of the virus in Windsor and Essex County this year.

Certain types of mosquitoes spread west nile, a potentially serious infection to humans which claimed the life of a local man in 2012.

The Health Unit is also investigating a possible human case this year.

You can protect yourself from mosquito bites in several ways:

  • 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.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Health Unit’s WNV page.

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