Routine monitoring for West Nile Virus (WNV) has identified one positive mosquito pool in our community. This is the first sign of WNV in Windsor and Essex County (WEC) this year.
West Nile Virus
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Vector-borne diseases are infections transmitted to humans and other animals by arthropods including mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, blackflies and mites. The two most common vector-borne diseases in Canada are Lyme disease and West Nile Virus (Otten, et.al, 2020).
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) conducts mosquito surveillance from mid-May until mid-October every year. Once a week, 47 mosquito traps are set across Windsor and Essex County (WEC) to collect mosquitoes for identification and viral testing. This dashboard reports ongoing data.
This report summarizes the surveillance activities of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) as it relates to West Nile Virus (WNV) and Lyme disease for 2019/2020
A list of resources and information for healthcare providers about zoonotic and vecotr
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.
The primary focus of Ontario’s vector-borne management plan is on tick and mosquito population surveillance. This report summarizes the surveillance activities of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) as it relates to West Nile Virus (WNV) and Lyme disease.
The Health Protection and Promotion Act 1990 (HPPA) outlines the requirements for physicians, practitioners, and institutions to report any suspect or confirmed reportable disease to the Medical Officer of Health. This information is collected under Regulation 569, 2005. Please complete this form and fax to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Fax: 226 783-2132. If you have any questions or concerns, call 519-258-2146, ext.1420.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito transmitted virus that can be transferred to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito.