More mosquitoes found in Valley carry the West Nile virus

According the health unit this is the first lab-confirmed evidence of West Nile in Simcoe Muskoka this year

Mosquitoes from Ottawa tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the La Salle County Health Department. In some cases, the virus can lead to permanent neurological damage and death.

"While the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus in Toronto is very low, now is a good time to remind residents of the ways they can protect themselves from mosquito bites and help reduce the risk of infection", said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health.

However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. The symptoms can last for several days to months.

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People over 50, and especially those over the age of 65, have a much higher risk of experiencing more severe symptoms such as encephalitis, meningitis, and acute flaccid paralysis. He was hospitalized when he began exhibiting symptoms, but has since been discharged and is recovering at home. As of July 26, 17 of the 93 CAES mosquito traps located in CT towns have had positive test results for WNV according to the CAES.

For information on West Nile virus and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website at www.ct.gov/mosquito or contact Madison Health Department. Yard and parking lot drains, air conditioner drip pans/buckets, rain barrels, non‐ functional swimming pools, and other containers such as rain barrels, plant saucers, and old tires must be removed or sealed to prohibit mosquito access.

REPEL - When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.

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