Within the last 2 weeks, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has received a total of three reports of death attributed to the West Nile Virus (WNV). Two of these deaths were adults who resided in the City of Windsor and the third death was an adult who resided in the County of Essex. WNV causes a spectrum of illness which can range from no symptoms to flu-like symptoms to severe encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). The majority of people infected will not have any symptoms.
West Nile Virus
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Within the last week, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has received two separate reports of death attributed to the West Nile virus (WNV). This is a notice to the public that WNV continues to be a risk until the area experiences temperatures below freezing.
Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have been found in a single enhanced mosquito trap, a BG Sentinnel 2 trap. After last year’s discovery of the Aedes species in the area, the Health Unit worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Ontario, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to enhance this year’s local mosquito surveillance program to monitor for the presence of the Aedes species.
Between May 7, 2017 and October 31, 2017 a mosquito larviciding program will be conducted to reduce mosquito populations.
Mosquitoes are small insects belonging to the fly family. Mosquitoes usually lay 100-400 eggs at a time in still water. The female mosquito is the one that bites, as she needs blood to make her eggs. A mosquito bite usually results in a reaction including swelling, redness, and itchiness, and can vary from mild to severe.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito transmitted virus that can be transferred to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.