April 23, 2018

Human West Nile Cases In Simcoe Muskoka

31 August 2017, 01:50 | Franklin Nunez

Dead birds, plenty of mosquitoes indicate West Nile virus will stick around awhile


For most people, the risk of illness from West Nile virus is low.

Press release courtesy of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. "This year we have four suspect cases", said John Hausbeck, environmental health supervisor.

Public Health Madison and Dane County said on Wednesday there's been a spike in reports of dead birds throughout Dane County, and high mosquito activity.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should keep in mind to "Drain and Cover".

"That's when the cross over from the bird disease comes into people", said Hausbeck.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and long sleeves when mosquitoes are most prevalent.

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County health officials said it's not uncommon for cases of West Nile virus to be identified at this time of the year and said the infection rate in 2017 has been "moderate". Since 2002, there's been 26 cases.

Public Health Inspector Stephanie Carlisle says this is usually the time of year many communities will find mosquitoes carrying the virus. The mosquito-borne illness was reported on August 21 to have caused two deaths that were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

"Thankfully it is not everybody".

Less than one percent of people who are infected develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

Experts say if you see a dead bird, make sure you avoid bare handed contact.They say first contact officials by calling the dead bird hotline which is 1-800-433-1610.

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