EOHU issues West Nile virus warning

EOHU issues West Nile virus warning
The health unit announced that a person tested positive for the West Nile virus in Eastern Ontario.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Mosquitoes in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to health officials.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit issued the public warning on Thursday (August 13).

The health unit says there are currently no human cases reported in the region. However, elsewhere in Ontario, some cases have surfaced.

“EOHU has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area. Residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.”   

The virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can be deadly in some cases, especially for the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

The following measures can help reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

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 on West Nile virus, click here. You can also call 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 and ask for Health Line.

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