Toronto Health Officials Just Confirmed 2019's First West Nile Virus Infection

West Nile Virus has been confirmed in a sampling of mosquitos in New Hanover County

West Nile Virus has been confirmed in a sampling of mosquitos in New Hanover County

According to WAVE in Louisville, the Louisville Metro Health and Wellness said mosquitoes caught a surveillance trap place in a Louisville ZIP Code have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Looks like the West Nile Virus is still a thing in Toronto after a case was confirmed in a news release by the City of Toronto on Tuesday.

The district samples for disease by trapping mosquitoes each night and sending them in for testing regularly, she said.

"Our first goal is to control and limit the presence of this invasive mosquito species", said Ed Lucchesi, the district's manager.

West Nile virus is acquired through mosquito bites.

What are the symptoms of the virus?

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In rare instances, the virus can also cause encephalitis and meningitis and can be fatal.

"While most Mississippians are aware of the existence of West Nile virus, it's easy to forget how risky it can be". People older than 60 or those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of getting sick.

"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".

Residents should be especially cautious at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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