There have not been any positive human cases reported in the area yet this summer, but a release from the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) said mosquitoes collected from a trap in the "South East area of Chatham" have tested positive for the virus.
This is the second human case in the county this year, with the first being reported at the end of August.
"If you develop fever or other symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, you should contact your health care provider", said Dr. Linda Bell, SC State Epidemiologist.
The recent weather patterns reinforce the need for all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites. However, most people who become infected with West Nile do not display symptoms. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. The repellent should have DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. It is also recommended to drain any standing water.
Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.
WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn). The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers.