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8/9/2017 2:41:31 PM

For the second week in a row, West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Renfrew County. The health unit began testing mosquitoes for WNV in 2005. Mosquito traps are set up on a weekly basis across the region during the summer months. There were no positive results over the period in all of that time until a week ago, and no human cases of the virus have emerged. Health officials say it's important to stress that four out of five people bitten by a mosquito infected by West Nile Virus will not show symptoms. Others may develop a fever, or feel nauseous. You could also get a headache or skin rash. One perosn in one-hundred-fifty could get serious symptoms, including stiff neck, confusion, tremors, numbness or sudden sensitivity to light. Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit says that while the risk of infection is low, taking precautions is in order. Cover up when outside in mosquito-prone areas. Light coloured clothing with long sleeves and pants are good ideas between dusk and dawm, and use federally-approved insect repellants containing DEET.
Remove standing water from your property and trim all hedges near your home, cottage or campsite. For more information about West Nile virus including tips on how you can Fight the Bite, please visit the health unit website at    

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