West Nile virus detected in North Shore mosquitoes

West Nile virus detected in North Shore mosquitoes

West Nile virus detected in North Shore mosquitoes

This year, seven mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile, according to the latest data.

Signs of illness usually appear between three to 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.

West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina.

Birds and horses are vulnerable to the virus as well, with dead birds, crows, ravens, magpies, jays and raptors in particular being an indicator of West Nile.

Otaigbe said if you contract the West Nile Virus, not only can symptoms last a long period of time, but you can get the virus again. Approximately one in 150 people who catch the virus develop symptoms such as encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and meningitis, which is swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mosquito Control also says that because of all the rain, they haven't been able to do their sprays, so weekend missions are scheduled.

Cover up by wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers with tightly-woven fabric. Treatment is supportive for patients with neuro-invasive West Nile virus, often involving hospitalization, intravenous fluids, respiratory support, and prevention of secondary infections.

It's the first set to exhibit signs of the virus this year, and Halton Region public health is warning residents to protect themselves against bites from the bloodsucking insects.

To avoid getting mosquitoes in your house, make sure windows are tightly closed and to replace screens with holes in them.

Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according the manufacturer's instructions.

Dumping or draining standing water to prevent mosquitoes. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools.

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