Goderich Drug Bust

Health Unit: Avoid Mosquito Bites

Source: Huron County
Date: Wed Jul 11 07:46:40 MST 2018

As the Huron County Health Unit continues its regular mosquito trapping, it reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Diseases such as West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The Huron County Health Unit traps mosquitoes weekly and has them identified and tested.

“While we don’t have any positive pools so far, in 2017 two samples tested positive for West Nile virus,” says Public Health Inspector Keshia Hackett. “The easiest way to prevent infection is to prevent mosquito bites, especially during dawn and dusk when many mosquito species are most active.”

Here are some simple precautions to help protect yourself from bites:

Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes
Use an insect repellant that has been approved by Health Canada. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
Check the screens in doors and windows to ensure there are no tears or holes
Disturb or eliminate any mosquito breeding grounds on your property. Dump any standing water in places such bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters.
For most people, the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus is low. However people can be at greater risk of serious health effects if they are over the age of 50, have a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes, or have weakened immune systems.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, stiff neck, weak muscles, mild rash, or swollen glands.

In more rare and severe cases, symptoms may include severe headache, stiff neck, high fever, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, nausea and muscle weakness and paralysis.

For more information, visit huronhealthunit.ca.

Area OPP

Stunt Driver Caught On Amberley Road
OPP Respond To Threat Against Business
Counterfeit Money In Listowel
Tractor Trailer Vs Dump Truck Collision - Drunk Driving Charge Laid
Collision Update - Name Of 4 Year Old Deceased Released
Suspended Driver Refuses To Blow At RIDE
Drunk Driver Arrested Following Collisions
Name Released In 4.5 Hour Man Hunt
Serious Collision - One Deceased
Commercial Break And Enter
Drunk Driver Arrested In Chesley
Suspect Arrested Following 4.5 Hour Search
Fatal Collision - Name Of Deceased Released
24 Year Old Facing Sexual Assault Charge
Another Pedestrian Struck
Drunk Driver Damages Police Cruiser Following Arrest
Drunk Driver Arrested After Failing To Stop
Repeat Offender Facing Numerous Charges Following Poppy Theft
Gator Stolen
Repeat Offender Arrested After Police Follow Fresh Tracks
Hit And Run In Meaford Involving Pedestrian
Two Extricated Following Collision On Hwy 9
Fatal Collision Update - Name Of 21 Year Old Deceased Released
Repeat Offender From Seaforth Caught With Stolen Lottery Tickets
20 Year Old Gas Thief Facing Impaired Charge
© 2015 GFP. All Parties are to be presumed innocent. Note: We archive all police press releases and make them available to the public. If you were listed in press release in error, please contact the police detachment that issued the PR and request a correction. Press releases will not be deleted from our archive. If your charges were dropped, it does not change the historical fact that a PR was issued.