Two human cases of West Nile Virus discovered in Chatham-Kent
A mosquito acquires a blood meal from a human at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta in 2006. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention / James Gathany)
The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit says two human cases of West Nile Virus have been detected in Chatham-Kent.
Both cases are under investigation and the people are recovering at home.
The health unit says West Nile Virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue.
More severe symptoms include a stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting and lack of co-ordination or paralysis. Anyone with the sudden onset of these severe symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.
For more information on visit: http://health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/publichealth/wnv/default.aspx/wnv_mn.html