Human West Nile Cases In Simcoe Muskoka


A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Parma, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Officials say people need to take precautions against mosquito bites, with the long Labor Day weekend coming up.

Following several days of heavy rain and flooding in the Houston metro area from Hurricane Harvey, parts of Texas and Louisiana along the Gulf Coast will face an increased risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the West Nile and Zika viruses. However, for the small proportion who do become sick, symptoms can include fever, headache, rash, muscle weakness, and nausea and vomiting.

Mosquitoes are the creatures more often infected with West Nile.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people.

Public Health Inspector Stephanie Carlisle says this is usually the time of year many communities will find mosquitoes carrying the virus.

However, the health unit confirms the virus was found in mosquitoes located within a trap in Bradford West Gwillimbury. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year. In humans, West Nile can cause flu-like symptoms.

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