Dallas resident is county's first West Nile death of 2018

Aug 10, 2018, 01:13
Dallas resident is county's first West Nile death of 2018

This comes after a Woodstock based trap tested positive a week ago.

"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads a release from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

Southwestern Public Health says this trap in located in Drumbo.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

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Public health officials have detected West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes in Stirling-Rawdon.

DCHHS said there is now no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus.

Lyttle added people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus during the months of July and August. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

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Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.

- Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property.

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