West Nile Virus found in Brant County

West Nile Virus found in Brant County

West Nile Virus found in Brant County

Officials say they expect to continue to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state.

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis.

West Nile Virus has made its second appearance in Lambton County this summer, says Lambton Public Health. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

So for this year in Ontario, three probable or confirmed human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wn-no/index-eng.php or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.355.1071.

The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Only one in 150 people infected by the virus will experience symptoms, and only 20% will become seriously ill.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

Take extra protection measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

Remove standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

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