Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mosquitoes in Burlington test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes in Burlington test positive for West Nile virus

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced the death on Friday as a warning to others to protect from mosquito-borne illnesses.

The Winnebago County Health Department says it has positively identified one mosquito pool as having West Nile virus.

DHHS is not releasing more specifics on the case to protect patient confidentiality.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who become infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or a mild, flu-like illness. For about 20 percent of those infected, though, symptoms can include fever, aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. "We see most cases of West Nile virus from July through November".

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"Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding", explained Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region's Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

West Nile virus can be spread to people through mosquito bites, but it is not spread from person to person. The District asks residents who find a dead bird to report it to the statewide West Nile Virus Hotline online or by calling (877) WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

County officials recommends residents prevent mosquito breeding by removing or regularly cleaning items outside homes that can hold standing water, including plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, garbage cans, toys, old tires and wheelbarrows. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

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