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

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps
First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm
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10 August, 2018

Health officials say the patient was infected with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County.

The Brant County Health Unit has seen three positive human cases for West Nile Virus so far this summer.

Mosquitos are collected from over 90 test sites across CT to test for viruses including West Nile, Zika and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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"Positive and suspected West Nile cases are a reminder that preventative measures are important", said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the department. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. This follows last week's positive test result in Woodstock. By the end of mosquito season in October, 26 Dallas County residents had reported infections, leading to two deaths.

Lyttle added people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus during the months of July and August. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.


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