Sec­ond West Nile virus case

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The East­ern On­tario Health Unit (EOHU) has con­firmed the sum­mer’s sec­ond hu­man case of West Nile virus in the re­gion.

Mos­qui­toes in the five east­ern coun­ties served by the health unit tested pos­i­tive for the virus in July, and a first hu­man case was con­firmed ear­lier in Au­gust.

“West Nile virus re­mains a con­cern in our area,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “res­i­dents should be aware and take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly for the next six to eight weeks while mos­qui­toes are still ac­tive.”

West Nile virus is spread to hu­mans by the bite of an in­fected mosquito. For most peo­ple, the risk of ill­ness from West Nile virus is low. How­ever, it can cause se­ri­ous ill­ness in others.

Peo­ple can take pre­cau­tions against mos­qui­toes and there­fore against the virus.

Use fed­er­ally reg­is­tered per­sonal in­sect re­pel­lents, such as those con­tain­ing DEET. Use a light coat­ing on ex­posed skin. Fol­low la­bel in­struc­tions for proper ap­pli­ca­tion.

Wear light-coloured cloth­ing, long sleeves, pants and socks when out­side.

Avoid be­ing out­side at dusk and dawn, as mos­qui­toes are the most ac­tive at that time.

En­sure that all con­tain­ers in or around the yard like tires, pool cov­ers, saucers for flow­er­pots, wad­ing pools and chil­dren’s toys are reg­u­larly emp­tied of stand­ing wa­ter.

En­sure that screens, win­dows and doors are fully sealed to pre­vent mos­qui­toes from en­ter­ing the house.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the EOHU’s web­site at www.eohu.ca and click on the Com­mu­nity Health sec­tion, or call 613-9331375 or 1-800-267-7120.

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