West Nile Reported In Simcoe Muskoka

Posted: 2020-08-04 16:21:09 By: thebay

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in Alliston,  tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The health unit says this is the first lab confirmed evidence of WNv in Simcoe Muskoka this year.

To help protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, the health unit says:

  • use an approved mosquito repellent,
  • wear light-coloured clothing
  • try to stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active - at dusk and dawn
  • remove standing water around your house or cottage.

Although most people will not become sick if bitten by an infected mosquito, the virus can cause severe illness in some people. Symptoms include fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, severe headache and a sudden sensitivity to light. In very rare cases, the virus may cause serious neurological illness. Those experiencing symptoms should seek medical advice.