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Prevent West Nile Virus: Fight the Bite

 

Summer means the return of West Nile virus. Reduce your risk of getting sick from West Nile by avoiding the bite of mosquitoes that can spread the virus.

What is West Nile virus?

West Nile is a virus that arrived in Canada in 2001. West Nile is mainly spread to people by the bite of mosquitoes, which become infected by feeding on an infected bird. While most people who get West Nile do not get sick, approximately one in 150 people infected will experience serious symptoms. These include high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, tremours, numbness and sudden sensitivity to light. In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause swelling of the brain or death. Anyone who suspects they have West Nile virus should seek immediate medical attention.

Additional Resources:

Media Release - Positive Mosquito Confirmed in Lindsay - August 23, 2016

West Nile Virus is in the Air Brochure - HKPR District Health Unit

Video - Take the Bite Out of West Nile virus - HKPR District Health Unit

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