First case of West Nile virus in Windsor-Essex confirmed
Windsor-Essex Health County Health Unit says West Nile is circulating in the community
The first human case of West Nile Virus found in Windsor-Essex this year has been reported and it may not be that last according medical officer of health Allan Heimann.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says a 50-year-old was treated for the disease as an outpatient last week.
"The case was discovered because the individual was symptomatic and was seen by their physician and blood was taken as part of the diagnostic procedure," said Heimann.
Heimann warns that it there is likely to be more cases as the summer winds down.
"It’s still relatively early in the season. West Nile virus is a late summer virus so probably have a good month to go. So certainly individuals should take precautions when they’re outside in the garden or they’re camping," Heimann said.
It's unclear whether the person picked up the virus locally or not, according to Heimann.
"It is clear that West Nile virus is circulating in our community," Heimann said. "It’s important that local residents take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection."
Five collections of mosquitoes in Windsor-Essex tested positive for West Nile virus earlier this summer.