Health Unit confirms 1st case of West Nile Virus this year
After recent test results confirmed a positive human case of West Nile virus in Simcoe County, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is encouraging the public to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
The health unit says this is the first verified human case in Simcoe Muskoka this year.
While many people believe they are less likely to be biten by mosquitoes in late summer or early fall, the health unit says they are still active, and humans must take care to protect themselves from the virus
Fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, severe headache, and a sudden sensitivity to light are all symptoms of West Nile Virus. The virus can cause significant brain illness in extremely rare circumstances.
Those who are showing symptoms should seek medical attention.