Second human case of West Nile virus

SD&G – The regional health unit says another human case of West Nile virus has turned up on the five eastern counties.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit did not disclose the exact location in SD&G Prescott-Russell, but urged people to take precautions against mosquito bites, such as wearing bug repellent.

This is the second case reported this season. The first was on Aug. 10.

Mosquitoes in the region tested positive for the virus in July.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says the biggest concern will be over the next six to eight weeks while the mosquito season is still 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.