West Nile Virus invades Hamilton

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

The West Nile Virus is here.

Hamilton Public Health Services says results of West Nile virus showed positive resuilts in two traps in the lower east end.

While most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms, others including the older adult or those with weakened immune systems may experience West Nile fever or they may develop more severe illness including inflammation of the brain or the lining of the brain.

For any infection, if symptoms do occur, they appear two to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

The most effective defense is to use a mosquito repellent containing DEET.

When using mosquito repellent, carefully follow manufacturer’s instructions

Other ways to prevent being bitten include covering up with light coloured long sleeves and long when in known mosquito areas such as wooded areas, on the golf course, or in the garden, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Remember to continue to remove standing water at least weekly from your property.

For additional information on West Nile virus please call the West Nile Virus line at 905-546-3575

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