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Friday, August 3, 2012

Kawartha Lakes Reports No Human West Nile Cases!

How to Stop Mosquitos From Biting

Avoiding mosquito bites is important in fighting West Nike Virus. While No West Nike Cases have been reported in the Omemee area,it s better to be safe than sorry. Haliburton -Kawartha Pineridge District Health Unit recently issued the following press release with tips on avoiding mosquito bites:

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Summer

It’s the start of another summer long weekend, and the local Health Unit is urging area residents to continue to take precautions to protect themselves from West Nile virus.
The reminder comes after Toronto Public Health this week announced two probable human cases of West Nile virus in their area.
At this time, there are have been no reports of any probable human cases or mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in the area served by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, although positive mosquitoes have been reported in areas surrounding the Health Unit.
“With reports of positive mosquitoes around us, we have to assume that the virus may be in our area as well,” says Atul Jain, Manager of Environmental Health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “Knowing that, it’s important that people protect themselves from getting bitten by mosquitoes. We all look forward to enjoying the summer weather and long weekends and it would be a shame to let mosquitoes and West Nile virus ruin it for us.”
While most people who get West Nile virus do not experience any symptoms, a small number of individuals may develop flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness and stiff neck. In some cases, Jain says people may develop more serious symptoms including confusion, tremours, and a sudden sensitivity to light. People who experience serious symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
People can protect themselves by:
 Wearing long-sleeved shirts, jackets, pants, hats and socks when outside, especially during the evening, night time
or dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
 Using insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin. Be sure to follow Health Canada’s safety tips on using
personal insect repellent.
 Checking that window and door screens fit tightly and do not have holes through which mosquitoes can enter the
Last year, 78 Ontario residents contracted West Nile virus and 278 'pools' or batches of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus across the province. There were no human cases or positive mosquito pools in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County or Northumberland County during the summer of 2011 and none so far in 2012.
For more information on West Nile virus, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 or visit

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