Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Peel

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When going out to parks and other wooded areas, be sure to slap on some repellent as a mosquito batch collected during the week of July 22 in the Steeles Avenue West and McLaughlin Road area tested positive.

The Region of Peel has been notified, its data indicates that this is the first WNV-positive mosquito batch of 2019 in the region.

WNV is a potentially serious illness transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

According to Health Canada, 70 to 80 per cent of people infected with WNV experience no symptoms.

Mild symptoms, including fever, headache, and body aches, usually occur between two to 15 days after infection.

Less than one per cent of people infected with WNV will develop severe symptoms, such as high fever, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and a stiff neck. In many of these cases, the infection can affect the central nervous system.

Adults 50 years or older and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of developing severe symptoms.

Infection with WNV is not a significant threat for dogs and cats, and there is no evidence that WNV can be transmitted from an infected dog or cat to other animals and humans.

For a better understanding of WNV including symptoms, ways to protect yourself against mosquito bites, or to report stagnant water please visitwww.peelregion.ca/health/vbd.

Stagnant water is a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes and residents need to be cognisant of that fact and be aware of one’s surroundings. -CINEWS

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