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More Positive West Nile Tests in Perth County

More Positive West Nile Tests in Perth County”

State health officials say no cases of the sickness have been reported but residents should take precautions.

The Perth District Health Unit tested the first positive mosquito last week in the north-eastern part of Mitchell.

The state found West Nile in nine mosquitoes tested between July 31 and August 9, including two in Westport, four in Stamford and one in Greenwich.

Two mosquito traps in Waterloo Region have tested positive for West Nile virus and a second mosquito finding has tested positive for the virus in Perth County, this time in the west end of St. Marys.

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Symptoms might be mild, including fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness such as encephalitis and meningitis have been known to develop, with people over age 50 having the highest risk of severe disease, according to the release.

Eighty percent of people do not have symptoms when infected with the disease.

Health officials say the best way to prevent the disease is to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellants and wearing long sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors. Wading pools and stock ornamental ponds with fish should be properly maintained.



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