Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in the San Fernando Valley

A mosquito-borne illness alert has been issued for Bay County after two people were confirmed to have West Nile virus.

Health Department officials announced last month that they, in collaboration with the Agency of Agriculture, had found the first mosquitoes of the season carrying West Nile in Springfield.

"Last year, by the end of week 29, we already had 43 positive samples reported", said Susanne Kluh, the District's director of scientific technical services.

The health unit is also asking residents to reduce the amount of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water around their house and cottage.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito, although most people who contract the virus do not experience any symptoms.

One in 150 people infected with the virus may require hospitalization for severe symptoms including high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma or paralysis.

According to the health unit, officials are continuing to monitor for the West Nile virus in the area, as well as throughout Simcoe Muskoka.

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