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 2018.
West Nile Virus
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Routine monitoring program for West Nile Virus (WNV) has identified six positive pools in our community. Since the beginning of the 2018 WNV season, this is the highest number of positive pools in one week.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, in partnership with local municipalities and Pestalto Environmental Services, will be launching the 2018 West Nile virus (WNV) program on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
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.