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Peel Region Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus

On September 21, peel region confirmed its first human case of the West Nile Virus and as per the local health unit, the infected individual is a resident of Brampton.

On September 21, peel region confirmed its first human case of the West Nile Virus and as per the local health unit, the infected individual is a resident of Brampton.

33 mosquito traps were set across the peel region and the Peel Public Health was monitoring the viral activity. The trapped mosquitoes were being collected and tested weekly since late June.

The traps were located near the intersections of Chinguacousy and Williams Parkway, Hurontario Street and Steeles Avenue, and The Gore Road and Cottrelle Boulevard.

First Virus positive mosquito was first confirmed in early August.

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The region released a news released which said, “The number of adult mosquitos testing positive for WNV has been lower this year than in previous years which may have been caused by lower than usual rainfall in the spring and summer.”

People who are above the age of 50, and those with a compromised immune system are said to be at a higher risk of become severely ill, however, most people who contract the disease tend to show no symptoms or might experience mild flu-like symptoms.

Residents of the peel region are advised to avoid areas with large mosquito populations and should take precaution between the dusk and dawn when the mosquitoes are the most active.

Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Peel Region, Dr. Nicholas Brandon said in a press release, “While the overall risk of getting a West Nile Virus infection is lower during the fall months, these cases reinforce the importance of residents protecting themselves against mosquito bites. Before the first frost of fall arrives, residents should remove standing water sources where mosquitoes can breed.”

 

 

Prabhnoor Kaur

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