Windsor-Essex County Health Unit confirms death related to West Nile Virus
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is seen in Windsor, Ont. on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.
Published Friday, September 14, 2018 2:09PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 14, 2018 4:28PM EDT
There has been a report of a death attributed to the West Nile Virus.
According to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, a man has died from the virus.
No information is being released about the victim.
Health unit officials say the West Nile Virus continues to be a risk until the area experiences temperatures below freezing.
So far this year, 26 mosquito pools in Windsor-Essex have tested positive for West Nile, and 8 cases of West Nile have been reported to Health Unit.
By comparison, only seven traps in Chatham-Kent have tested positive for the virus this season, in six different locations across the municipality.
Most people with the virus never develop symptoms and will not know that they have the virus.
Approximately 25 per cent of the people develop West Nile fever. A small number of people (less than 1 per cent) develop severe neuro-invasive disease.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit would like to remind residents to continue to protect themselves.
-Use insect repellents that contain DEET, Icaridin or other approved ingredients on clothing as well as exposed skins. Always read and follow label directions.
-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.
-Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
-Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.