Human case of West Nile virus identified

Mosquitoes across Jefferson County test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes across Jefferson County test positive for West Nile virus

Health Officials remind residents to eliminate standing water on their property.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

The West Nile virus has killed 22 people in Greece so far this year, with 202 reported cases, according to the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) on Thursday.

A human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Simcoe County. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, headache, body ache, fatigue, nausea, and rash.

In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease with symptoms such as muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma.

The State Veterinarian urges horse owners to contact their veterinarians as soon as possible, as we are in the midst of peak mosquito season, to have horses and other equines vaccinated against West Nile and EEE. Healthcare providers should consider a WNV infection as a diagnosis for patients who are ill and have recently experienced mosquito bites. "As long as mosquitoes continue to be active, we need to take precautions to protect ourselves from the virus". "Neighboring states have reported cases in humans, including one in ME and four in MA". Comparatively, the county reported 14 human cases in 2012 and 25 in 2010, the year in which the virus claimed three lives.

Dress in long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when you're outside. The health unit encourages the public to seek medical attention if they are experiencing any symptoms related to West Nile virus.

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