Simcoe County West Nile Virus In Simcoe County News Centre News

Simcoe County West Nile Virus In Simcoe County News Centre News

Simcoe County West Nile Virus In Simcoe County News Centre News

"Neighboring states have reported cases in humans, including one in ME and four in MA". The other three EEE cases in 2018, all euthanized, were in Monmouth and Camden counties.

This is the first human case to be confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka this year. "This part of the country is ideal habitat for Culex tarsalis, which is the prime vector for West Nile disease".

The virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that had been feeding on an infected bird.

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DHHS urges anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever and headache, to contact their local medical provider. West Nile can cause fever, headaches, nausea, muscle stiffness and can be deadly to people with weak immune systems and the elderly.

Individuals who have medical questions related to West Nile virus may call the Department of Health Services: 631-854-0333.

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Wear mosquito repellent when you go outside.

Among the recommendations: use insect repellent containing DEET*, spray clothing with repellent containing permethrin, avoid going outside from dusk to dawn when most mosquitoes are active, wear long sleeves and long trousers when nighttime activity is unavoidable, eliminate standing water from flowerpots, clogged gutters, recycle bins, birdbaths, toys, swimming pool and hot tub covers. Limit outdoor activities during these times.

Another helpful step is getting rid of areas of standing water around homes and in the community.

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Mosquito breeding sites should also be eliminated.

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