Friday, 19 August 2011

Two Probable Human Cases of West Nile Virus Identified

Windsor-EssexCountyDr. G. Allen Heimann, Medical Officer of Health announced the region’s first two probable human cases of West Nile Virus today.

In the first case, Canadian Blood Services informed the Health Unit that a man from Essex tested positive for West Nile Virus after giving blood. The man has no symptoms or complications to date and is not hospitalized. Canadian Blood Services has discarded this individual’s blood donation.

In the second case, the Health Unit was informed by Windsor Regional Hospital of the admission of a man with symptoms and preliminary blood work indicating West Nile Virus. The man’s condition is stable. Both men are in their 50s, and both cases are awaiting laboratory confirmation.

The Health Unit continues to monitor mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. To date, two mosquito pools in the City of Windsor and one mosquito pool in the Town of LaSalle have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

“It’s clear that West Nile Virus is circulating in our community,” said Dr. Heimann. “It’s important that local residents take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection.”

Individuals can protect themselves from mosquito bites in several ways:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients when going outdoors. Read and follow the manufacturers' directions for safe use. 
  • Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes. 
  • Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. 
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.

The Health Unit and each municipality will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity. The 2011 larvicidingprogram will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit

Media Contact: 
Dr. G. Allen Heimann
Medical Officer of Health
Phone: 519-258-2146 ext. 1402

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