West Nile detected in Dresden

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Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.

"Over the past few weeks, West Nile virus activity has been on the rise across Ontario, so it's not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in Perth County", says Dale Lyttle, Senior Public Health Inspector.

A mosquito trap in Drumbo tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance.

The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low. Prior to past year, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

Mild West Nile symptoms include fever, headaches and muscle fatigue.

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap.

West Nile-infected mosquitoes have been found in 19 towns this year, including Bethany, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Franklin, Greenwich, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, New Canaan, New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Haven and Weston, according to health officials. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.

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