First West Nile case in health unit confirmed 0
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The local health unit is renewing their warnings about the West Nile virus after the first confirmed case was confirmed.
A resident in Northumberland County, at the south end of the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, was infected with the virus, but is recovering.
“The heath unit also received confirmation that a horse on a Northumberland County farm was diagnosed with West Nile infection,” a press release from the health unit reads.
In Ontario, five horses have tested positive for the virus this year and 189 human cases have been reported.
West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites from insects that have bitten infected birds.
“Even though the cold nights and cooler fall days will eventually kill mosquitoes, it’s obvious they are still active and still pose a threat,” Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, medical officer of health for the health unit said.
Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, muscle weakness and stiff neck. In some cases people report confusion, tremors and sensitivity to light.
If you suspect you have the virus, seek immediate medical attention.
The health unit is encouraging residents to continue to avoid mosquitoes by wearing long-sleeves when outside, using insect repellent, keeping screens on windows and doors and removing standing water around homes, cottages and campsites.