Dallas resident is county's first West Nile death of 2018

Nora Nguyen
August 10, 2018

North Dakota's Department of Health says West Nile virus cases more than tripled since July 30.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County.

Throughout the summer months, public health traps and tests mosquito pools across Oxford County on a weekly basis.

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One round of larvicide has been applied to roadside catch basins in Stratford, St. Marys, Listowel and Mitchell to help reduce mosquito breeding.

Complaints regarding properties with stagnant water in tires, unmaintained swimming pools or other water-holding containers can be reported to the Health Department's Housing and Community Environment program by calling 412-350-4046.

West Nile is transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of the virus are fever, headaches or physical weakness.

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West Nile virus is a disease that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

"The elderly and those with certain chronic medical problems, including problems with their immune systems, are more susceptible". Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

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