West Nile Virus Found In Peel Region


Two batches of mosquitoes that were collected on July 4th & 5th have came back positive for the West Nile Virus in Peel Region.  So far this season no human cases have been reported.  WNV first made an appearance in North America in 1999.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus (WNV) Include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Occasional skin rash found on body

Incubation period: 3 – 15 days

The Illness can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.  WNV can be serious in some and it’s estimated that 1 in 150 people infected will develop serious illness.  If you have extreme swelling or infection of the mosquito bite seek medical help.

Things To Remember:

  • West Nile Virus is transmitted from Mosquitoes.  Not from Humans.
  • West Nile Virus can be transmitted from pregnant mother to the unborn child or through her breast milk.  These events are rare though
  • Anyone can be infected by WNV, but like with most illnesses the chances of it being severe is greater the older you are.
  • Try to avoid being out  in the early sunrise and early evening when mosquitoes are out in full force to prevent being bitten or wear protective clothing and bug repellent.
  • There is no vaccines for WNV for humans.

  Some Ways To Help Prevent WNV:

  • Don’t leave standing water on your property
  • Take precaution at dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is at it’s highest
  • Use bug repellent with DEET
  • In the evenings and early morning wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid being bite
  • Keep your screens close
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