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West Nile Virus

NEWS RELEASE: Third Death Related to West Nile Virus Confirmed

Published: 
Friday, September 15
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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.

Mosquito Trap Reveals 2 Aedes albopictus Species in the Area

Published: 
Wednesday, August 16
Photo of Aedes albopictus feeding on a human host

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.

Mosquito Safety

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.