West Nile Virus in Brunswick County? Well, maybe not!

West Nile Virus in Brunswick County? Well, maybe not!

West Nile Virus in Brunswick County? Well, maybe not!

State health officials have confirmed 30 human cases of the virus in 2017.

Two people in Windsor-Essex have died from the West Nile virus.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

This is the first human case identified in Lucas County this year from the disease that is primarily transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito.

The health unit is using the deaths as a notice to the public that West Nile continues to be a risk until the area experiences temperatures below freezing.

Since the beginning of summer there have been several cases of West Nile virus reported in Ontario and they've become more frequent as summer comes to an end. Approximately 25 per cent of the people develop West Nile fever.

There are dozens of native mosquito species in Delaware including the Asian tiger mosquito one of 19 known to bite humans. FILE
There are dozens of native mosquito species in Delaware including the Asian tiger mosquito one of 19 known to bite humans. FILE

No other deaths linked to West Nile virus have been reported in Canada this year. They also suggest using bug repellent that has DEET, wearing light-coloured clothing, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and hat when outdoors as well as limiting the time you spend outside at dawn and dusk.

While the mosquitoes collected on August 28 are known to live in deep woodland habitats, citizens can also reduce breeding grounds for other types of mosquitoes by tipping any outside items that may collect water, including empty flower pots, spare tires and folded tarps. Always read and follow label directions.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit our WNV page.

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