First case of West Nile found in DeKalb County

This is the designated spray area in Worcester on July 12

This is the designated spray area in Worcester on July 12

From 2003 to 2017, 514 cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in Alberta, many of which were acquired here in the province.

A mosquito pool in Windsor-Essex tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first sign of the virus in Windsor-Essex County this year.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

However, this first positive mosquito pool of the season is an indicator that the virus is still in our community.

- Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

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The virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while your outside. Mosquitoes can then transmit it to other birds or to humans or horses.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home - Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. The public is also encouraged to report any suspected mosquito-breeding sites and/or any mosquito activity. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms.

The health unit says they are continuing to monitor the situation and the larviciding program will continue throughout the summer.

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