West Nile Virus case confirmed in Niagara

Niagara Region Public Health announced Monday Aug. 28/2017 that they have their first case of West Nile Virus this year.

“Niagara Region Public Health has received its first laboratory-confirmed case of West Nile Virus for 2017,” a Niagara Region press release said.

“Although most people infected with West Nile Virus do not get sick, 20 per cent of people suffer flu-like symptoms and fatigue, and one per cent suffer serious infections of the brain such as meningitis,” the release said.  “Fever, severe headache, body aches, neck stiffness, confusion, weakness, tremors, and sudden sensitivity to light are the most common symptoms of severe infection. Anyone suffering these should see a physician.”

The release also offered the following advice to avoid mosquito bites reducing the risk of being exposed to the virus:

  • Drain standing water around the home where mosquitoes maybreed (e.g., bird baths, plant saucers, tires, toys, pails, andwheel barrows)
  • Repair damaged doors and window screens
  • Avoid mosquito-infested areas
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, hats, long pants, socks and shoes thatcover the feet. This is particularlyimportant at dawn and in the evenings when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use insect repellants containing Deet or Icaridin. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Niagara residents can call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7767, if they have any questions about mosquito bit prevention. More information on the West Nile Virus and reducing the risk of infection can be found at the Niagara Region Public Health website: niagararegion.ca/health.



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