How Halton residents can protect themselves from the West Nile virus


Published July 28, 2021 at 8:12 pm


Halton residents who spend a lot of time outdoors might want to take some extra precautions this summer to prevent contact with mosquitos who may be infected with the West Nile virus.

The West Nile virus (WNV) is carried by mosquitos who become infected after feeding on an infected bird.

According to the Government of Ontario’s website, four out of five people do not show any symptoms. However, others see symptoms 2-15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and a rash on the chest, stomach or back.

Serious symptoms include a high fever, severe headaches, muscle weakness, a stiff neck, confusion, tremors, numbness and a sudden sensitivity to light.

Halton residents can take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes.

These include covering up when going outside between the hours of dusk and dawn, wearing a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and socks, light-coloured clothing and using insect repellant containing DEET or icaridin. 

Additionally, it’s important to remember to get rid of standing water around your home where mosquitoes could lay their eggs, keep bushes and shrubs clear of overgrowth and debris and turn your compost pile often.

For more information on the West Nile virus, click here.

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