By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) confirmed that a person in the Cornwall area has tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The health unit announced that a person tested positive for the West Nile virus in Eastern Ontario.
The health unit had announced last month that mosquitoes in the area were infected with the virus. Cases of human infection were already reported throughout Ontario this summer. The EOHU, which covers all five counties, is still considering West Nile a threat.
“This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area, even towards the end of the summer,” said EOHU medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, in a statement.
Roumeliotis urges all residents to keep on taking preventive measures to protect themselves and their families. He predicts mosquitoes will still be active until the first frost.
The identity and location of the person infected with the West Nile virus has not been released.
EOHU precaution tips to keep safe from West Nile:
• 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.