Public health officials across the region have been warning about the risks of West Nile, especially after the unusually rainy July weather.
For the first time this year, mosquitoes in Oakville have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Another person with similar symptoms is under observation. "Of the mosquito-borne diseases, West Nile virus is the most common one in the continental United States". Rarely, transmission to humans has occurred via exposure in a laboratory setting, through a blood transfusion or organ donation or from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding. This area appears to be the center of elevated numbers of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes. The majority of people who develop this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
The most vulnerable to the virus are people age 50 and older and those who have weakened immune systems because of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Human and non-human cases of West Nile Virus by state. According to World Health Organisation, there is one reported case of transplacental (mother-to-child) WNV transmission. Of those, 23 cases involved meningitis or encephalitis.
As always, eliminate standing water on your property to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquito populations.
Ways to avoid the virus include using mosquito repellents, wearing light-colored clothing and long-sleeve shirts, avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours and not having standing water around your home.