The first human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Niagara this year.
Public Health says it has received its first report from a laboratory confirmed case by 2021 and is asking residents to take precautionary measures against mosquito bites.
The virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that carry the virus.
You will be asked to drain standing water on your property where mosquitoes can breed, repair damaged doors and window screens, and wear shirts with sleeves, hats, long pants, socks and shoes that cover the feet.
You can also use insect repellents with Deet as Icaridin.
Although most people infected with West Nile virus do not get sick, 20 percent of people suffer from flu-like symptoms and fatigue, and one percent suffer from serious brain infections, such as meningitis.
Fever, severe headache, abdominal pain, stiffness in the neck, confusion, weakness, tremors and sudden sensitivity to light are the most common symptoms of severe infection. Anyone suffering from this should see a doctor.
Flu-like symptoms can be COVID-19, but if someone has tested negative for COVID-19 and recently got mosquito bites, West Nile virus may be a possibility.
If someone has the above symptoms, testing for COVID-19 is recommended first.
If the test is negative, symptoms do not improve and they have had multiple mosquito bites, then they should check their health care or call Public Health at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7590.