Windsor-Essex County Health Unit officials say a mosquito pool in the area has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This is the first sign of the virus in Windsor-Essex County this year.

Certain types of mosquitoes spread the potentially serious infection to humans, says the health unit.

So far, no human cases of West Nile have been identified in Windsor-Essex, but the first positive mosquito pool of the season is an indicator that the virus is still in the area.


Health unit officials say residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes. They are issuing a reminder to eliminate any standing water and to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.

Here are some ways the health unit says you can protect yourself from mosquito bites:


-Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients when going outdoors. Read and follow the manufacturers' directions for safe use.

-Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

-Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.