The confirmed human case in Duval County comes after officials issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory following confirmation of several sentinel chicken flocks that tested positive for the virus infection.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is urging residents to be vigilant regarding exposure to mosquitoes after the discovery of the West Nile Virus in Lindsay. To date this year, Public Health Ontario has reported five human cases in the province.
A total of 68 people are ill with West Nile virus at present in Israel.
Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms, while about 20 percent develop a mild flu-like illness.
While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Also consider wearing shoes and socks, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts. Consult a physician before applying insect repellents on children. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. That's why it's important for individuals to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites - both before and after any spraying is conducted, said the Town.
- get rid of standing water, aside from pools properly treated with chemicals.
¯ Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
The hot and muggy weather is creating optimal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Unused swimming pools should be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.
Stewart reported the next municipal court health department visit will be September 12.
Eight deaths that can be connected to West Nile fever have been registered in European Union member states - four in Greece, three in Italy and one in Romania.
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