Peel Reports its First West Nile Virus Positive Human Case
BRAMPTON, ON. (Aug. 30, 2011) - Peel Public Health has confirmed Peel’s first 2011 West Nile Virus (WNV) human case.
A middle-aged Mississauga man was diagnosed with WNV earlier this month. He was hospitalized, but is now recovering at home.
“This year we have seen increased West Nile Virus activity in Peel and the province, so residents should take extra care in protecting themselves against mosquitoes,” says Dr. David Mowat, Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health.
- Avoid areas with high mosquito populations.
- Wear light-coloured clothing and long sleeves, pants and a hat to cover exposed skin, even in their backyard.
- Use only those personal insect repellents that are registered for use in Canada and apply repellent according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Drain any areas of stagnant water on their property. Remove old tires, turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows, change the water in birdbaths frequently and keep eavestroughs clear.
- Take extra precaution from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is higher. If possible, stay indoors.
“Most people who are bitten by mosquitoes carrying WNV may experience no symptoms or a mild illness,” continues Dr. Mowat. “The most common symptoms of WNV are fever, extreme tiredness, muscle aches, frontal headache and a skin rash. If you experience these symptoms, you should contact a doctor.”
So far this year, there have been two other confirmed human cases of WNV: one in Windsor-Essex and another in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph area; however, it is believed this infection was acquired outside of the country. Halton is currently investigating if WNV was a factor in the death of a Burlington woman.
There have been 185 WNV-positive mosquito batches reported in Ontario, including 69 in Toronto, 46 in Peel, 25 in Halton, 21 in Hamilton. The only other province reporting WNV activity is Saskatchewan, with two WNV-positive mosquito batches.
For more information on WNV and protection tips, visit peel-bugbite.ca or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Caledon residents can call toll free at 905-584-2216.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.