Toronto resident infected with West Nile virus

West Nile Virus found in New Hanover Co. mosquito

West Nile Virus found in New Hanover Co. mosquito

Toronto Public Health says a lab has confirmed that an adult resident has contracted West Nile virus, marking the city's first human case this year.

"We encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of exposure to West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito".

A mosquito in North Carolina tested positive for West Nile virus, and health officials say it's important to protect yourself from bites.

Last year, there were 39 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Toronto.

Symptoms of the virus usually develop two to 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.

In the latest of their weekly reports on the subject, KDHE upgraded every region of the state to high risk level for the virus. Symptoms include fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue and occasionally nausea.

Tarte recommends people prevent mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves, pants, insect repellant and limiting outside activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

To reduce the risk of contracting West Nile, you are advised to apply insect repellant often, dispose of standing water around your home and wear socks, long, loose and light-colored shirts and trousers.

Ensure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.

It doesn't take much standing water for mosquitoes to breed.

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