West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

Also, one positive mosquito pool with 11 mosquitos tested positive for WNV in a pool located in West Brant.

Mosquitos are collected from over 90 test sites across CT to test for viruses including West Nile, Zika and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

West Nile virus is a disease that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. In North America, that means that mosquito season - extending from the late spring through the fall - is West Nile season.

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has recorded its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wn-no/index-eng.php or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.355.1071. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

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