West Nile Cases Rising

West Nile Cases Rising

West Nile Cases Rising

Mosquito traps have tested positive for West Nile in Denton and Dallas counties in recent weeks and crews have been spraying in neighborhoods to prevent the virus from spreading.

LISBON -The Columbiana County Health Department is reporting that there were mosquitoes found in the Lisbon area tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) and warns residents throughout the county to stay vigilant of mosquito borne diseases and protect themselves.

Though the number is lower than in past years, people shouldn't let their guard down. As temperatures rise, so does the chance of contracting WNV from mosquitoes - and we are seeing that with human cases being reported in Peel and across the province, says Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel. "Please continue to take precautions".

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DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. It is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The patient began to show symptoms in July and subsequent lab testing confirmed the West Nile diagnosis and "is now under medical care", the agency said in an August 1 news release.

DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children.

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It is also important to be aware of peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.

Wearing protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks. It is also recommended to drain any standing water.

The West Nile Virus has made its way to Chatham's southeast end.

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WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers.

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