West Nile virus, Lyme disease still a threat

York's 1st confirmed human case of West Nile of 2018 found in Vaughan

Human West Nile virus case reported in Chatham-Kent

Health officials in Camden County are reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes after confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county.

In July, a dead crow found in Sarnia's north end also tested positive for the virus. Although the cases have been reported throughout Serbia, most incidents have been registered in Belgrade (141). In rare cases, the illness can be serious and even fatal.

West Nile virus can not spread from person to person.

WNV is spread from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Through a news release the ISDH provided the following steps to help residents reduce the threat of West Nile virus in their area.

The department notes that West Nile virus is influenced by many factors, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of West Nile immunity in birds.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus tend to appear two weeks after infection, and include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and headaches. People 60 years of age and older and individuals with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick, and are more likely to develop complications.

Colby said 90 per cent of those who get seriously ill recover and about one in 1,500 infected with West Nile will die as a result. While there is no human vaccine for the virus, there is a vaccine for horses.

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