A Tustin woman in her 50s was diagnosed this week with West Nile fever.
Peel Public Health says a mosquito batch collected in Peel Region has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Testing in Burlington County has revealed the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, West Nile Virus and Jamestown Canyon Virus in mosquitoes. There were eleven human cases of the virus - and one death - reported in 2018.
Most people who become infected with West Nile do not experience symptoms, but about 20 percent will develop a fever and may have a headache, body aches, nausea, tiredness and sometimes a skin rash.
Rare but more serious symptoms include severe headaches, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness or paralysis. DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chance for strong to severe storms late Saturday into early Sunday
That will clear off to the east then like yesterday, isolated storms may pop up following that main cluster for this afternoon. Join the Michigan Weather Facebook group for short-term weather updates and weather reports shared from other Michiganders.
After dusk, wear long sleeves and trousers.
Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside. "This means that even a mosquito can not bite an infected human and transmit the virus to another human, in contrast to the Zika virus".
Adults 50 years or older and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of developing severe symptoms. However, in less than one per cent of those infected, the virus can cause an inflammation of the brain (known as encephalitis) and of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).
A male over 60 in Plymouth County was infected with the virus, the state Department of Public Health said. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your health care provider.