Trap tests positive for West Nile virus

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The Health Unit confirmed a mosquito pool in Windsor has tested positive for the virus.

With the summertime bringing about a higher number of mosquitoes in the province, Alberta Health Services wants to remind Albertans to take precautions necessary to protect themselves against West Nile virus infection.

West Nile Virus is still in Windsor-Essex County with a mosquito pool testing positive for the first time this year.

"And doing that either through application of insect repellent with DEET, although important to remember that DEET shouldn't be used for children under 6 months of age".

So far in 2018, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in Windsor-Essex County.

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Chatham County Mosquito Control is actively treating all areas of Chatham for mosquitoes.

Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Mosquitoes contract the virus when they feed on infected birds, then spread the virus when the mosquitoes seek other hosts to bite.

Make sure door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

Klock said he is aware of one case of West Nile virus this year; it involved an individual who had carried it since last year and it only was detected when he went to donate blood.

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