Human case of West Nile virus in region

CORNWALL – The regional health unit says a human case of West Nile virus has shown up in the five eastern counties.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit says none of the mosquito pools they have tested have shown signs of the virus, but this case shows that it’s in the area.

The health unit did not disclose any details about the case or where it is in Cornwall, SD&G or Prescott-Russell.

This is the usual time for the virus – which is spread to humans from mosquitoes – to make its appearance – between August and October.

The risk of West Nile virus is typically low for most people but it can be more serious for people with weakened immune systems or the elderly.

The health unit says you should take precautions such as wearing insect repellent with DEET and light-coloured clothing.

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