Mosquito in Wilmington tests positive for West Nile virus

Toronto Public Health says a lab has confirmed that an adult resident has contracted West Nile virus, marking the city's first human case this year.

Easton had one of 13 mosquito samples found to spread the illness in this latest round of testing, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program.

"We encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of exposure to West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito".

There were 39 confirmed cases of West Nile in humans in 2018 and 40 positive mosquito tests reported to Public Health. Public Health says the first human case of virus in the city past year was reported on July 27. Those who get sick develop symptoms two to 15 days later.

In addition to wearing long sleeves and long trousers and using bug repellent, the CDC also recommends controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your home by putting screens on windows and doors and preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. "Use EPA approved insect repellent, wear long sleeves and trousers and limit outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are known to be most active".

Ensure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors. That includes any water that collects such items as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.



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