For the first time in five years, mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Haldimand-Norfolk.
The positive test came from one of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s mosquito traps in Simcoe.
Between 2013 and 2015, there were no reported human cases with only single cases reported in 2016 and 2017.
Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito either have no symptoms or have temporary, flu-like symptoms while others contract a much more severe illness.
The infection can even affect the central nervous system and last for months or years.
People over 50-years-old, those with chronic diseases, and those who require medical treatment that weakens their immune system are most at risk.
The health unit is recommending that the public:
· Wear light-colored clothing. Long sleeves and pants if possible.
· Take extra care during dawn and dusk as this is peak mosquito biting time.
· Remove standing water from your property where mosquitoes can breed.
· Make sure your home, tents, and campers have tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
More information can be found at hnhu.org