Hu­man case of West Nile Virus in Grey Bruce

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a hu­man case of West nile Virus (WnV) has been re­ported to grey bruce health unit. as well, a sec­ond pos­i­tive equine case of WnV was re­ported and the first lo­cal pos­i­tive mos­quito pool was iden­ti­fied.

This trend mir­rors pat­terns bein­gob­served­in­healthu­nits across on­tario; WnV ac­tiv­ity tends to in­crease to peak lev­els in the late sum­mer and early fall. at the time of this re­lease 370 pos­i­tive mos­quito pools had been iden­ti­fied through­out the prov­ince and 37 hu­man cases re­ported.

WnV is trans­mit­ted through the bite of an in­fected mos­quito. symp­toms usu­ally de­velop two to 14 days af­ter re­ceiv­ing a bite from an in­fected mos­quito.

ap­prox­i­mately 80 per cent of those in­fected with WnV do not show any symp­toms. of the 20 per­cent that do show symp­toms, most ex­pe­ri­ence mild ill­ness with symp­toms such as fever, headache, body aches, fa­tigue, skin rash and oc­ca­sion­ally, vom­it­ing and nau­sea.

less than one per cent of those in­fected with WnV ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere ill­ness in­volv­ing the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem.

The risk of ex­po­sure to WnV around the home can be re­duced by elim­i­nat­ing mos­quito breed­ing sites, in­clud­ing stand­ing wa­ter in places such as bird baths, eave­stroughs, flower pots and dis­carded tires; by wear­ing pro­tec­tive cloth­ing; al­ways us­ing mos­quito re­pel­lent when out­doors at dawn and dusk; and by pre­vent­ing mos­quito en­try into the home.

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