Two more mosquito traps in Chatham-Kent are positive for West Nile

Mosquitoes from two other traps in Chatham-Kent have been positive for West Nile Virus.

This results in the number of positive tests at six according to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit. The newest pitfalls were in Dresden and the northeast of Chatham. Other positive tests are from Wallaceburg, Blenheim and northwest Chatham.

The Windsor-Essex County health unit says that six local mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus.

West Nile is mainly passed to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Most people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms at all or have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. Those with a more serious illness may experience stiff neck, nausea, difficulty in swallowing, vomiting and lack of coordination or paralysis.

Anyone with the sudden onset of these serious symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low. The risk of serious illness increases with age, as well as those with a compromised immune system.

Residents are asked to take the time to remove the nesting sites for mosquitoes by removing stagnant water from their property.

Residents can also protect themselves by wearing protective, light-colored clothes and by using insect repellent with DEET.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Public Health Agency or Canada website at: or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519,355.1071.

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