By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Mosquitoes in the region have tested positive for another "serious disease," according to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
The West Nile Virus and now the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus are both present in S,D&G. The EOHU warns the public to beware of mosquito bites and to take the proper precautions.
This August, a second warning from the health unit has surfaced, the West Nile Virus and now the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus are both present in S,D&G.
“Although there has never been a reported human case of Eastern equine encephalitis in Ontario, it is a very serious disease in all ages and can even cause death," said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health, in a statement. "For this reason, we urge all residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites.”
No human cases have been reported in either West Nile or Eastern equine encephalitis viruses in the region. There have been some cases reported in the province.
The health unit said the Eastern equine encephalitis virus is normally found in wild birds and can occasionally spread to horses and humans through mosquitoes.
The health unit is advising the public to take precautions against mosquito bites.
Here are some tips from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU):
• 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 www.eohu.ca and check out the Environment section, or call (613) 933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 and ask for Health Line.