Peoria County mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus

Posted August 10, 2018

The Health Unit is urging the public to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

It has been reported to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit that mosquitoes collected from three traps last week in the Dresden, Blenheim and North West Chatham areas have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Health Department wants to remind the public that the virus is present and has been around for many years. Prior to a year ago, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

There's no specific treatment or vaccination for the virus, though supportive therapy is provided for severe illness. The most common symptoms of the virus are fever, headaches or physical weakness.

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West Nile-infected mosquitoes have been found in 19 towns this year, including Bethany, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Franklin, Greenwich, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, New Canaan, New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Haven and Weston, according to health officials.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

- Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property.

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