Toronto's first human case of West Nile Virus found

Aug 25 2020, 7:30 am

Toronto Public Health has reported the first human case of West Nile virus in the city for this year due to a mosquito bite.

According to the City, the positive laboratory report has found the first case in an adult resident after getting bitten by a mosquito.

Although the risk of getting infected is still significantly low, according to health officials, Toronto Public Health still recommends that residents take precautions to avoid getting bug bites this summer.

The health unit advises wearing light-coloured clothing, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts when you’re outdoors, applying bug spray with DEET or icaridin, ensuring your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors, and removing standing water from your home, where mosquitoes can breed.

“West Nile virus symptoms usually develop between two and 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito,” said the city.

“Older individuals or individuals with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness.”

Symptoms of the virus may include fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, headache, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands.

According to the news release, in 2019 there were nine laboratory-confirmed human cases of West Nile virus and 10 positive mosquito tests reported to Toronto Public Health.

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