Wallaceburg mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus

West Nile virus - which is carried by infected mosquitos and has a habit of making people very ill - has been steadily spreading across the United States for a while now, but 2018 is proving to be a particularly active year.

If you think you have contracted West Nile virus contact your doctor or other health care provider.

However, the chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low, according to the health unit.

"We encourage people to continue taking precautions and fighting the bite of mosquitoes that spread illness".

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In 2018 there have been five reported cases of human West Nile virus in Ontario; none of which were from the Algoma district. Something as small as a bucket or puddle can be home to many mosquito larva, so stopping them before they become fully grown is of utmost importance.

"Algoma Public Health is monitoring mosquito populations and types", says Nicole Lindahl, a Public Health Inspector.

In order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the public is urged to wear clothing to cover exposed skin, use an EPA-registered insect repellent, keep door and window screens closed and in good fix, and drain water where mosquitoes can grow. For more information about West Nile virus, call the health unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext.

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