West Nile found in mosquito in North Kent

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Another local mosquito trap has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

According to a press release from Chatham-Kent Public Health, the affected insects were collected from a trap in North Kent on Aug. 1.

It’s the second time mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease this season.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Although many people infected with the illness experience no symptoms, others may experience mild signs such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. In rare cases, infected individuals may experience more severe illness, including stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting and a lack of co-ordination or paralysis.

CKPH is advising anyone with severe symptoms to seek immediate medical attention. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness.

People can protect themselves and their families by:

  • wearing light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks
  • use insect repellent containing DEET
  • stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn)
  • ensure all doors and window screens are tight and free of holes
  • eliminate sources of standing water to prevent mosquito breeding

For more information contact CKPH online or at 519-355-1071.

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