First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County
A Windsor-Essex County resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This marks the first clinically diagnosed and lab-confirmed human case for our area in 2017. Most people with WNV never develop symptoms and will not know that they have the virus. Approximately 25% of the people develop West Nile fever. A small number of people (less than 1%) develop severe neuro-invasive disease.
This positive human case is a reminder for Windsor-Essex County residents to continue to protect themselves, as certain types of mosquitoes spread WNV, a potentially serious infection to humans.
Area residents should eliminate any standing water around their home/property and take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.
Individuals can protect themselves from mosquito bites in several ways.
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET, Icaridin or other approved ingredients on clothing as well as exposed skins. Always read and follow label directions.
- 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.
- Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
The Health Unit, along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity for the remainder of the season. So far this year, 6 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) throughout the area.
For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit our WNV page.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)