Human case of West Nile virus identified in Simcoe Muskoka

Mosquitos can transfer West Nile Virus to humans. Pexels

Mosquitos can transfer West Nile Virus to humans. Pexels

Health Officials remind residents to eliminate standing water on their property.

WNV and EEE are arboviruses that are transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito.

The National Public Health Institute Friday reported 30 new cases of people getting sick after being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the virus.

The West Nile virus was first detected in Greece in 2010 with a record of 262 confirmed cases and 35 deaths.

Most people infected with WNV will experience no discomfort, however older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe symptoms. Healthcare providers should consider a WNV infection as a diagnosis for patients who are ill and have recently experienced mosquito bites. Symptoms can include flu-like illness including fever, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue.

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"We continue to encourage horse owners be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against these diseases spread by mosquitoes", New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. Suffolk County reported seven human cases in 2017, five human cases in both 2015 and 2016, one in 2014, and four in both 2011 and 2013.

According to the health department, most human cases occur in August and September. Recommendations include wearing mosquito repellent ...dress in long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when outside and limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Late summer tends to yield more cases of West Nile Virus.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works' Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

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