Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Durham

Durham Region Health says adult mosquitoes, caught in North Oshawa last week, have tested positive for West Nile virus.

These are the first mosquitoes in Durham Region to test positive for West Nile this season.

The mosquito-borne disease is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Most people who contract the virus, 2 to fifteen days after a bite by an infected mosquito, will experience mild illness including fever, headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting,and rash on the chest, stomach or back.

More serious symptoms can include muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, tremors, numbness and sudden sensitivity to light.

It's recommended to wear shoes, socks and light-coloured clothing, including long sleeve tops and full-length pants, when outside especially at dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are most active, as well as wearing insect repellent containing Deet.