Date: August 27, 2016

Cloudy. A few showers or thunderstorms beginning this afternoon. Risk of a severe thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southeast 20 km/h. High 28. Humidex 33. UV index 5 or moderate.

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Local Crow Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:43 AM

Point Edward, ON – Test results received today by Lambton Public Health confirm a dead crow found in Sarnia's north end in early August has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV).

This is the first positive finding in 2016 as part of WNV surveillance. Surveillance includes dead bird reporting and testing, mosquito trap testing, and the detection of human cases through health system monitoring.

The majority of people infected with WNV 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.

WNV is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Reduce your risk.

  • Take precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites;
  • Reduce mosquito breeding areas around your home; and
  • Support surveillance by reporting dead birds.

For more information, or to report a dead bird, call the West Nile virus info line at 519-383-3824, toll-free at 1-800-667-1839 ext. 3824, or online at www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

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Please Contact:

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