The West Nile Virus Is Spreading Across Canada And One Person Has Already Been Killed
We won't be safe until winter.
It seems like this year has been one of the worst for having giant populations of overgrown bugs in Canada. From the massive infestations of spiders outside to the invasion of, we seriously cannot get a break.
TL;DR The West Nile virus has been confirmed in six humans in Haldimand-Norfolk, Ontario. One person has died from the virus that's currently present in five mosquito pools. The virus will pose a threat to Canadians until temperatures are below freezing. There are a few precautions listed below that you can take to lower your chances of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Another insect, much deadlier than others, has been a major cause for concern in the country ever since it was confirmed that it often carries a life-threatening virus.
Yes, i'm talking about mosquitos. Six human cases of the West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Canada, and one person has already died as a result.
In Haldimand-Norfolk, Ontario, officials have confirmed both mosquito pools and human infection with the deadly virus.
Although the West Nile virus typically shows up during the summer months, it's expected that people will still be at risk of the five mosquito pools until temperatures drop to below freezing.
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit in charge of the case advises everyone to take these precautions to protect themselves against the infected mosquitos:
- Use mosquito repellent containing DEET
- Avoid being outdoors during dusk and dawn (when mosquitos are most active)
- Wear light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and pants
- Drain all standing water on your property
Anyone with a weaker immune system, such as the elderly and infants, are more at risk of serious health effects related to the virus.
Since most people don't show any physical symptoms that would identify the West Nile virus, it can go undetected. But some symptoms people may suffer include fever, headache, and body aches.
Although Canadians are now at a heightened risk of infection, taking the necessary precautions could drastically lower your chances of being bitten by a mosquito.
It's safe to say we've never wanted freezing cold temperatures to come faster than we do now.