First human West Nile Virus case confirmed in Stanislaus County

District Health Unit

In addition, mosquitoes from a trap located in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury tested positive for the virus this week.

Prevention is common sense: avoid mosquito bites. But, Dr. Roumeliotis noted, people with weak immune systems are at a greater risk for serious complications that include encephalitis (infection of the brain) and possibly death.

There have been 24 reported human cases of West Nile Virus that were either confirmed or probable, according to Public Health Ontario's website.

Last year, the Public Health department saw three human cases of West Nile Virus in Dane County. Boudreaux said positive test for West Nile have been found in St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette parishes.

The virus belongs to a family of viruses called Flavivirdae and was first isolated in the West Nile province of Uganda. "Be aware, try to limit the mosquito population, try not to get bit by mosquitoes". Symptoms can include a headache, fatigue, skin rash, swollen lymph glands and eye pain along with fever. Hot weather, abandoned swimming pools and standing water create ideal conditions for the development of mosquitoes and the subsequent spread of the virus. If you're out and about - especially in wooded areas or the mountains - it's important to wear long sleeves, long trousers and bug spray to stay safe. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.

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Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long trousers in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas. Most people who become infected with West Nile do not develop any symptoms.

- Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.

Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.

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