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Presence Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Found In Windsor And Essex County

Wednesday October 16th, 2019, 11:43am

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports that thier routine mosquito surveillance program has identified one mosquito pool that tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in our community.

Primarily, the virus transmission cycle occurs between birds and mosquitoes, but can be spread to humans and other mammals. It is a rare illness but can potentially have serious health effects in humans. Although a number of cases and deaths have been reported in southwest Michigan, there have been no human cases identified in the area.

“Despite the recent cooler temperature in the region, it might not be cold enough to eliminate the risk posed by mosquitoes. This is a good reminder for everyone to continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes by removing any standing water and to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites,” said Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

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