Lambton resident tests positive for West Nile

Leslie Hanson
September 20, 2018

State Deputy Epidemiologist Ann Garvey says 73 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have either been confirmed or are under investigation.

The virus is unfold by the bite of an contaminated mosquito. "But mosquitoes are around until the first hard frost of the year, so it is important that even though you don't see mosquitoes around you that you're still protecting yourself from them".

A Suffolk County man in his 50s was diagnosed on September 11, marking the fifth person in the county to contract the virus, health officials said in a statement.

This week in Romania from the West Nile fever died four people and the total death toll from the virus is 21. Most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms.

Most people who test positive will either have no symptoms but some cases can be severe. "People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus".

"This is an expected and normal occurrence but serves as a reminder to take precautions to avoid mosquito bite exposures", Herrick said in the news release. Both Herrick and Dr. Michael Gamble, county health officer, have obtained their state licenses for the spraying program.

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