A mosquito pool in Windsor-Essex has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first sign of WNV in Windsor-Essex County this year
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Two (2) adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have been identified in the month of May through an enhanced mosquito trap, a BG Sentinel 2 trap.
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.
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.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a tropical mosquito that is part of the Aedes species. It is capable of transmitting several viruses, including Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. These mosquitoes are small and have a black and white pattern on their legs and other parts of the body.
An adult Aedes aegypti mosquito has been found in Windsor in a single mosquito trap. This is the first time that an adult Aedes aegypti mosquito has been captured in Canada.
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.
The vector-borne disease report highlights surveillance information related to Lyme disease and West Nile Virus (WNV) Illness in Windsor-Essex County.
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 Aedes albopictus mosquito is a tropical mosquito that is part of the Aedes species which is capable of transmitting Zika virus. Although this species of mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, is capable of transmitting viruses including Zika, it is not the species that is responsible for the majority of human cases of Zika virus infection in the Caribbean, South America and Florida. That species is the Aedes aegypti mosquito.