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01 September 2017, 01:35 | Nellie George
Anticipating Hurricane Harvey's Effect on West Nile and Zika
With an upcoming holiday weekend health officials are cautioning people about an increase in West Nile VIrus (WNV) activity in Dane County. Lab tests have confirmed mosquitoes collected from three pools in Waterloo region and three in Guelph have tested positive for West Nile virus. According to hospital officials, it does mean that the public should understand the symptoms of West Nile virus and be vigilant in protecting against the disease.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have first bitten an infected bird.
Try to stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn). "It's important for people to be extra cautious and protect themselves against mosquito bites when outdoors this late in the season". In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions; organ transplants; and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.
The higher risk group includes people over age 60, and people with chronic diseases such as cancer or heart disease, and symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches and rash. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Older adults and persons with weakened immune systems and/or other chronic illnesses are at the greatest risk for severe illness. The health unit encourages the public to seek medical attention if they are experiencing any symptoms related to West Nile virus.
Health officials said residents should do not forget to wear insect repellent and clothing covering the entire body to help prevent bites.
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