Hastings County’s health unit issues warning about West Nile Virus
Hastings County’s health unit is warning people about West Nile Virus, after mosquitoes in Belleville were found to be carrying it for the first time this summer.
Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health says West Nile virus can spread to humans through mosquito bites, although it cannot be transmitted from person-to-person contact.
Although most people show no symptoms of the virus, or very mild ones, symptoms can include fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, severe headaches, sudden sensitivity to light, tremors, numbness, or vision loss.
The health unit recommends wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, socks and a hat, and used insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so getting rid of any at your home is also important.
Make sure you have screens on windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home.