Human case of West Nile virus identified in Simcoe Muskoka

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Human case of West Nile virus identified in Simcoe Muskoka

The Office of the State Veterinarianannounced Delaware's third case of West Nile Virus (WNV) found in horses this year.

"People may feel, with the end of summer approaching, that the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is reduced", said Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Samples were submitted to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, which confirmed the diagnosis of West Nile on September 7.

There are no human cases of WNV detected this season in New Hampshire, but some birds have tested positive, and ME and MA have reported human cases.

WNV is spread to a person through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mild symptoms may include fever, headache and body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Individuals who are most at risk for severe infection include those over 50 years of age and those with chronic illness or compromised immune systems. Recommendations include wearing mosquito repellent ...dress in long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when outside and limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The health unit encourages the public to seek medical attention if they are experiencing any symptoms related to West Nile virus.

For more information on mosquito- and tick-transmitted diseases in Iowa, visit this site.

Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.

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