Peel Public Health says a mosquito batch collected in Peel Region has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).
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"The infected individual is an adult diagnosed with neuroinvasive West Nile virus, a more severe form of the disease, and remains hospitalized", said a news release from the Health Department.
"Mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile Virus Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, can affect everyone but are of particular concern for the young, elderly and pregnant women", said Burlington County Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway. "It is now especially important that residents protect themselves from mosquito bites, particularly in the hours from dusk to dawn".
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors.
Clean and stock garden ponds with mosquito-eating fish or mosquito dunks.
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Most people do not feel ill from an infected mosquito.
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Mild symptoms, including fever, headache, and body aches, usually occur between two to 15 days after infection. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death. People over the age of 50 and those with weakened immune systems are the most at risk. Last year, public health officials confirmed that 11 people in the state contracted the virus, 1 of whom passed away.
Mosquitoes in St. Charles County, near St.Louis, have tested positive for West Nile.
The first two cases of WNV infections in humans were reported August 5.