Huron County, ON – Summer is here and the mosquitoes are out. The Huron County Health Unit reminds the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. “The easiest way to prevent infection is to prevent mosquito bites, especially during dawn and dusk when many mosquito species are most active,” says Public Health Inspector Keshia Hackett.
Here are some simple precautions to help protect yourself from bites:
- Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes
- Use an insect repellent that has been approved by Health Canada, and always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Check the screens in doors and windows to ensure there are no tears or holes
- Disturb or eliminate any mosquito breeding grounds on your property. Dump any standing water in places such as bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters.
For most people, the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus is low. However people can be at greater risk of serious health effects if they are over the age of 50, have a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes, or have weakened immune systems.
Most people infected with West Nile virus do not experience any symptoms. Many of the people that do show symptoms will experience mild illness with symptoms such as:
- Body aches
- Skin rash
- Occasionally vomiting and nausea
If you experience any of these symptoms, speak with your health care provider. For more information on West Nile virus and ways to protect yourself, visit www.huronhealthunit.ca.
For more information:
Our media contact is: Rita Marshall, Communications Coordinator, Huron County Health Unit, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143 ext. 2023 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our spokesperson is: Keshia Hackett, Public Health Inspector. Our media contact will connect you to our spokesperson on this topic.