Mosquito traps test positive for West Nile in Summit County

Maricruz Casares
Agosto 14, 2019

"While human incidence of West Nile virus is rare, it is a unsafe disease with no cure or vaccine for people, so residents should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites", Public Health Director Phillip Tarte said, according to WWAY.

While the risk of becoming infected remains low, wear light-coloured clothes and long trousers and sleeves.

Tuesday's release testing results also included Pennsylvania's first confirmed avian case in 2019 of West Nile, in a bird sampled in Hanover, York County.

According to WAVE in Louisville, the Louisville Metro Health and Wellness said mosquitoes caught a surveillance trap place in a Louisville ZIP Code have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

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In 2018, 39 cases of West Nile were reported in Toronto. Those who get sick develop symptoms two to 15 days later. One in five people who become infected will experience body aches, joint pains, vomiting, headache or rash. Public Health says the first human case of virus in the city a year ago was reported on July 27. Those with a compromised immune system are at higher risk of illness.

Take extra care by using repellent and covering up during peak mosquito-biting hours when mosquitoes bite, which is dusk and dawn.

Wear light-coloured clothing, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors. That includes any water that collects such items as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

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