Some mosquitoes are carrying West Nile, says health unit

CORNWALL – The local health unit says some mosquitoes in the region have tested positive for West Nile virus.

There have been no reported human cases though, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit said Wednesday.

The same situation happened in 2015 – mosquitoes tested positive but there were no human cases.

“This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area. Most cases of West Nile virus infections in humans actually occur between the months of August and October, so residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the medical officer of health for the five eastern townships.

Those tips include wearing insect repellent with DEET, light coloured clothing and avoiding being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

While the risk of West Nile virus to most people is low, some people with weakened immune systems or the very elderly can get very sick.

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