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West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pools Found

Tuesday August 13th, 2019, 3:19pm

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Routine monitoring by the local Health Unit for West Nile Virus has identified two positive mosquito pools in our community.  The exact locations were not given.

This is the first sign of the virus in Windsor and Essex County this year.

Certain types of mosquitoes spread WNV, a potentially serious infection to humans. So far in 2019, no human cases of WNV have been identified in WEC. However, these positive mosquito pools are an indicator that the virus is in our community.

“Windsor and Essex County residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes. This is a good reminder for everyone to remove any standing water and to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites,” said Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for WNV activity. The 2019 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials.

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