It has been reported to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit that a pool of mosquitoes collected from a trap last week in the Tilbury area has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.
Those with more severe illness may experience stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and lack of co-ordination or paralysis.
Anyone with the sudden onset of these severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low.
The risk of severe illness increases with age, as well as those individuals that have compromised immune systems. Protect yourself and your family.
Protective measure include:
· Wearing protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks
· Using insect repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions
· Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn)
· Ensuring that all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes
Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property.
For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wn-no/index-eng.php or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.352.7270.