Bird found in Anderson Co. tests positive for West Nile Virus

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

Surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases is being conducted by several agencies, including the MDHHS, the Departments of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and local health departments.

So far, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported by health officials in Lanark County.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is urging residents to be vigilant regarding exposure to mosquitoes after the discovery of the West Nile Virus in Lindsay.

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

Scientists have been conducting mosquito testing and their results show that an alarming amount of the insects are carrying West Nile Virus. Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus do not become ill. Most people will not experience symptoms.

Another measure to prevent the virus is to wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts to avoid getting bit. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers; landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

Install or fix screened windows and doors.

Residents need to take basic precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites, including draining water from garbage cans, gutters or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

FILE PHOTO: Michael Jones, a technician applicator with Mosquito Squad, sprays a home with mosquito elimination product in Suwanee, Ga.

¯ Tuck pant bottoms into sock tops to keep mosquitoes from getting under clothing. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and trousers.

Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin.

Stewart reported the next municipal court health department visit will be September 12.

There are things everyone can do to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection.

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