The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the year’s first human case of West Nile virus in the region.
To date, there have been no pools of mosquitoes in the EOHU territory that have tested positive for the disease, however the positive human case indicates it is present in the local mosquito population.
“This first human case of the year shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area throughout the fall,” said EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis.
West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. For most people, the risk of illness from West Nile virus is low. However, it can cause serious illness in others. Residents can take precautions against mosquitoes and the virus by using federally approved personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET or icaridin.
Other suggestions include:
- Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.
- Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.
- Ensure all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.
- Ensure screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
For more information, visit the EOHU’s website at www.eohu.ca and click on the My
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