2 new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi


Two area residents died recently from West Nile virus, says the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, which is urging people to continue protecting themselves from mosquito bites until the freezing temperatures arrive.

The CDC offers several methods for mosquito control online.

West Nile virus has been detected in traps in northwestern Weber County, according to the Weber Mosquito Abatement District.

Most West Nile cases are asymptomatic, around 80 per cent of people won't develop any symptoms of the virus but about 25 per cent of people will get a fever, head and body ache, nausea, vomiting, and rashes on the back, chest, and stomach. Within the last three weeks at least two human cases were reported in Ottawa, three cases were confirmed in the Simcoe-Muskoka region and one was confirmed in Greater Subury.

Area residents should eliminate any standing water around their home and property and take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.

He said this is a reminder that West Nile is still out there.

To protect against the virus, the Utah Department of Health recommends mosquito repellent containing up to 30 percent DEET for adults and kids over 2 months old.

David Stanley, the county's Health and Human Services executive director, urged residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. Always read and follow label directions.

Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit our WNV page.