Region of Peel Public Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Brampton resident. West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Usually people who contract this disease show no symptoms but 20 per cent will experience mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body ache, mild rash, and swollen lymph glands and in rare cases, like 1 in 150 persons infected with WNV will develop a more severe form of the disease. People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune system are at the highest risk of becoming severely ill when infected with WNV, said Region of Peel Public Health on its official website.
Dr. Nicholas Brandon, Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel was noted saying, “While the overall risk of getting a West Nile Virus infection is lower during the Fall months, this case reinforces the importance for residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Before the winter frost arrives, residents should also remove standing water where mosquitoes can breed.”