West Nile positive mosquitoes found in Peel Region

  • West Nile positive mosquitoes found in Peel Region

West Nile positive mosquitoes found in Peel Region

Three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the Portsmouth City Health Department reports.

The agency says an adult resident of the town of Mead fell ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day. The deadly disease, which can cause serious neurological diseases in humans, was confirmed after samples sent from here tested positive at the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

"While mosquito numbers are low in most communities, surveillance shows the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase throughout southern Manitoba", a release from the province said.

A woman in Kozhikode district of Kerala is suspected of carrying a West Nile viral (WNV) infection and has been admitted to the Medical College.

Past year in the United States, the West Nile infection was reported in over 2000 patients, causing deaths of 121 people. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. "Of the mosquito-borne diseases, West Nile virus is the most common one in the continental United States". The best method to reduce the risk of infections is avoiding mosquito bites. Eight out of 10 people will never experience any symptoms. "You should wear insect repellant if you go outside during dusk or dawn and should remove standing water around your home". Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. Long sleeves and trousers if possible.