Avner Ziv

Toronto Public Well being has confirmed the town’s first case of West Nile virus this 12 months.

 Public well being officers reported that an grownup was contaminated and that the affirmation got here via lab testing.

“As we head into late summer time, we all know that residents and guests to Toronto are maximizing their time exterior to benefit from the climate and outside actions. We encourage everybody to take the suitable precautions to reduce the danger to publicity to West Nile virus via the chew of an contaminated mosquito,” mentioned Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Well being.

Doubtlessly deadly, West Nile sysmptoms often develo between two and 14 days after a chew and might embody fever, complications, nausea, vomiting, physique aches and a rash. These with a compromised immune system are at increased threat of sickness.

Whereas the danger of changing into contaminated stays low, put on light-coloured garments and lengthy pants and sleeves. Additionally apply insect repellent containing DEET particularly throughout daybreak and nightfall that are peak mosquito biting hours.

In 2018, 39 circumstances of West Nile have been reported in Toronto.

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