Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

First case of West Nile virus found in Ada County

First case of West Nile virus found in Ada County

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap.

"The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites", said Carey Panier, PCCHD Interim Director of Environmental Health. This follows last week's positive test result in Woodstock.

"Over the past few weeks, West Nile virus activity has been on the rise across Ontario", Lyttle said in a release.

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The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

Drain any standing water in your yard.

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Clean your gutters and flush birdbaths or fountains once a week.

The Brant County Health Unit has seen three positive human cases for West Nile Virus so far this summer.

According to an announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, the rates of mosquitoes carrying West Nile have been much higher this year.

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Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected a year ago, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

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