First death from West Nile Virus confirmed

First death from West Nile Virus confirmed

First death from West Nile Virus confirmed

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is advising the public to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites, after recent laboratory results show two probable human cases of West Nile virus illness; one with likely acquisition in New Tecumseth.

Health officials say all four people were sickened between August 6 and August 11.

"Although we can't cure it, if someone has developed symptoms of the disease, healthcare professionals can provide supportive treatment, such as ordering rest and medications to reduce inflammation", he said.

"People may feel, with the end of summer approaching, that the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is reduced", said Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Wearing bug spray and repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 to help keep mosquitoes from biting.

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Roumeliotis noted there've been human cases recently confirmed in other parts of the province, including Ottawa.

The virus appears to be "widespread statewide", based on testing of birds and mosquitoes, the press release said. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back.

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Fitchburg Board of Health Director Stephen Curry said it's rare for a person bitten by a mosquito infected by West Nile to become sick.

Ripley and Franklin Counties have previously had mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus.

Public health officials in South Georgia encourage everyone to guard against exposure to mosquitoes. However, DSHS emphasizes that personal protection is still the best defense against mosquito bites. Boudreaux said positive test for West Nile have been found in St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette parishes.

Most people develop no symptoms after they have been infected with the virus.

In addition, 86 West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools have been detected in seven MI counties.

Wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors.

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