Toronto resident infected with West Nile virus

West Nile human infection confirmed in SW Ga

West Nile human infection confirmed in SW Ga

The city has reported its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year, Toronto Public Health has confirmed.

In a news release, the agency wrote that although the risk of getting infected is low, people are advised to take precautions to avoid bites from mosquitoes carrying the virus, including wearing light-coloured clothing and applying insect repellent.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Those who get sick develop symptoms two to 15 days later.

The case was lab-confirmed in an adult resident in Toronto. The first case in 2018 was reported on July 27. Those with a compromised immune system are at higher risk of illness.

Wear light-coloured clothing, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.

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Using insect repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions.

Wear protective, light-coloured clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks; Use insect repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions; Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn); Ensure all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes; Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from your property.

"Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property", said Kurt Clemens, the municipality's public health inspector, in a statement released Tuesday.

Ensure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors. That includes any water that collects such items as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

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