The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is advising the public to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites, after recent laboratory results show two probable human cases of West Nile virus illness; one with likely acquisition in New Tecumseth.
"The Ministry of Health emphasizes that all these cases, detected and registered in Romania, are sporadic cases and don't pose the risk of a large epidemic", reads the Ministry's press release.
In July, the first positive test of West Nile Virus was reported in Oakland County. "However, some may become ill approximately three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito", the statement added. The health department says their illness onsets range from August 6-11, and all have been hospitalized with the disease. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. However, some people - less than one percent - will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. Less than 1% of those infected will experience serious symptoms.
Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Individuals infected with WNv usually get it from the bite of an infected mosquito. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and when pools are covered do not let standing water accumulate.
Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.
Removing all sources of standing water from your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.