Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health has identified a pool of mosquitoes in the riding carrying West Nile Virus. The virus is spread after mosquitoes feed on an infected bird then feed on humans. Individuals cannot get West Nile virus from person-to-person contact. This particular pool is located in Stirling. The majority of infected individuals have mild or no symptoms. The elderly and those with certain chronic medical problems, including problems with their immune systems, are more susceptible. In severe cases, West Nile virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. There are simple ways to protect yourself and family. More details and ways to prevent bites can be found on our website.
Early symptoms can include: fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, severe headache, sudden sensitivity to light, tremors, numbness, or vision loss.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn (first light) and dusk (just before dark). If you need to be outside during this time, the simplest precaution is to wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, socks and a hat, and use an insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water (water that does not move/flow). It is advisable to get rid of any standing water around your home (e.g., in flower pots, rainwater barrels, children’s toys, wading pools). Ensure you have screens on windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home. If you encounter a dead bird or other dead animal, do not handle it with bare hands.