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West Nile virus found in mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, health unit says

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, health unit says”

In the third week of July, 28 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile - 12 more cases than the average 16 typically reported at that time for the past 12 years, according to the governor's office.

There have been three human cases of West Nile virus in the county this year.

The Health Unit is urging the public to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

The virus was first identified in Iowa in a dead crow in 2001 and cases of human infection have been reported every year since 2002.

Not everyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito will show symptoms of the virus. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wn-no/index-eng.php or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.355.1071.

DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Remove standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.



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