West Nile found in mosquitoes trapped in north Chatham

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Public health officials report a pool of mosquitoes collected from a trap in the north Chatham area tested positive for West Nile virus.

In late July, mosquitoes pulled from a trap in the Dresden area also tested positive for the virus.

To date, two Chatham-Kent residents have reportedly contracted West Nile this year.

Health unit officials say the chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low. The risk of severe illness, however, increases with age and for people with compromised immune systems.

  • To protect yourself and your family, the health unit suggests these measures:
  • Wear protective, light-coloured clothing including long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions
  • Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn)
  • Ensure that all doors and window screens are tight and free of any holes

Another important measure is to get rid of any standing water on your property where mosquitoes like to breed.

More information on West Nile Virus is available by calling the Public Health Unit at 519-352-7270 or by visiting the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

 

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