West Nile virus claims 2 lives

West Nile virus claims 2 lives

Public health officials have detected West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes in Stirling-Rawdon. Prior to previous year, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

Mosquitoes collected from a trap in Mitchell have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Perth District Health Unit says. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks.

West Nile Virus is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.

So far this mosquito season, about four dozen mosquito traps - in Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, DeSoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett and University Park - have captured mosquitoes with the virus, according to DCHHS.

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Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to continue taking usual precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites, as well as reducing mosquito breeding grounds around properties by eliminating standing water.

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