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Dallas resident is county's first West Nile death of 2018

Dallas resident is county's first West Nile death of 2018

Between 70 percent and 80 percent of people that become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms. Prior to a year ago, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006. In 2012, the last time Dallas County saw a major outbreak of West Nile virus, 398 residents contracted the virus and 21 died.

West Nile Virus has made its second appearance in Lambton County this summer, says Lambton Public Health.

"The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites", said Carey Panier, PCCHD Interim Director of Environmental Health.

The Health Department wants to remind the public that the virus is present and has been around for many years.

The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds. The most common symptoms of the virus are fever, headaches or physical weakness. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems. 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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