Two positive test results for West Nile virus in Kitchener is a good reminder to residents in Waterloo region to take precautions to avoid being bit by mosquitoes, a health official says. The first mosquitoes to test positive this year for West Nile were found in late May in Glenview and Morton Grove.
"You can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating potential places for standing water where mosquitoes love to breed, such as: bird baths, tires, flower pots, wading pools, and other containers", wrote Karen Hall-Dundas, CHHD director of environmental health, in a statement.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water. The city urges residents to survey their own property to ensure any potential breeding areas are properly maintained.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes, with symptoms - including fever, headache, body aches and nausea - typically developing within three to 14 days. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill.
Change water in birdbaths frequently, at least once a week. Less than one per cent develop more serious central nervous system issues, she said.
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However, in fact, this involved the first human case reported in Mobile County this year.
As of August 7, 2018, WNV activity-which includes infections in humans or animals, birds, and mosquitoes-has been reported in 40 states and the District of Columbia (see map).
DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season.
Aptie Sookoo, Public Health Inspector at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health said because of the recent weather conditions, there is a high possibility that more pools positive with West Nile are likely to appear.