Date: November 22, 2017

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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lambton

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:26 AM

Point Edward, ON - A Lambton County resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV). This marks the first lab confirmed human case of the virus in Lambton since 2012. Two positive mosquito pools in Wyoming and Petrolia and a WNV positive bird in Sarnia were found earlier in the season.

This positive human case is a reminder for Lambton County residents to remain vigilant in taking precautions to prevent exposure to mosquitos and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their property. The current mosquito season is not over until frost and cold temperatures halt mosquito breeding.

Removing or reducing area of standing water during fall clean-up is an important step that homeowners can take now that will help reduce the risk of human West Nile virus infections.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In Ontario 123 confirmed and/or probable human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in 2017. The majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, skin rash or muscle aches. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.

To reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Avoid areas with high mosquito populations.
  • Take extra precautions from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is high.
  • Wear protective, light-coloured clothing.
  • Use repellants containing DEET. Follow label instructions carefully.

To reduce mosquito breeding areas:

  • Drain areas of standing or stagnant water on your property.
  • Remove old tires; turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows.
  • Change water in bird baths (at least weekly).
  • Keep eaves clear to avoid trapped water.

For more information on West Nile virus visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca or call the West Nile virus information line at 519-383-3824, or toll-free at 1-800-667-1839 extension 3824.

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Please contact:

Lori Lucas
Supervisor, Health Protection
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 ext. 3574
lori.lucas@county-lambton.on.ca