West Nile infected mosquitoes captured in Chatham-Kent

West Nile infected mosquitoes captured in Chatham-Kent

The city has reported its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year, Toronto Public Health has confirmed.

"As we head into late summer, we know that residents and visitors to Toronto are maximizing their time outside to enjoy the weather and outdoor activities", Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health, said in a news release Tuesday.

While the risk of becoming infected remains low, wear light-coloured clothes and long trousers and sleeves.

The virus is transmitted to people through a bit from an infected mosquito.

"The chances of getting West Nile virus from an infected mosquito are low", officials said. One in five people who become infected will experience body aches, joint pains, vomiting, headache or rash.

Wearing protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

Residents can protect themselves by using insect repellent containing DEET, draining standing water around homes and wearing long-sleeve shirts and trousers when mosquitoes are active.

Remove standing water from your property, where mosquitoes can breed.

Ensuring that all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes.

For more information on West Nile virus, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wn-no/index-eng.php or call C-K Public Health at 519-355-1071. That includes any water that collects such items as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

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