West Nile detected in Kent County mosquitoes

West Nile detected in Kent County mosquitoes

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said.

Reports of West Nile infection comes after the deadly spread of the Nipah virus in the district.

Going into the long weekend, the province is reminding people that warm and dry conditions have been ideal for the breed of mosquito that carries West Nile, the culex tarsalis.

For the first time this year, mosquitoes in Oakville have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite. "The risk for potential human exposure to WNV is high at present and will likely remain so for the next few weeks".

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"If there is a four-fold increase in the antibody count in the second sample, only then can we say it is a West Nile infection". Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. Less than one percent of those infected develop serious illness of the nervous system like encephalitis or meningitis. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

For more tips on mosquito bite prevention, click or tap here. Keep in mind to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born". Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

DRESS in long sleeves and trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active.

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