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Third Death Related to West Nile Virus

Third Death Related to West Nile Virus”

A mosquito in Carroll County tested positive for the West Nile virus, the health department said in a news release today. The health unit says two of the deaths were adults who lived in Windsor and the third lived in Essex County.

These are the first WNV-related deaths in the region since 2112. The majority of people infected will not have any symptoms, the health unit said.

"The results of our surveillance data suggest an elevated risk for disease transmission to residents in the vicinity", Angie Nakano, scientific programs manager for the mosquito control district, said in a statement.

As of September 13th, there have been 65 confirmed or probable cases of WNV in Ontario. "Residents are reminded to take measures to protect themselves and their families from being bitten by mosquitoes". If you develop more serious symptoms of West Nile virus illness, such as severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, or high fever, seek immediate medical attention.

Within the last two weeks, the health unit has received a total of three reports of death attributed to the virus. The victims' identities aren't being revealed.

Nakano said it is important for residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing, such as trousers and long sleeve shirts, as well as using insect repellent.

West Nile Virus is transmitted when mosquitoes feed on infected birds and pass it on to other birds, animals and people.



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