UPDATE: West Nile Found in Windsor, Chatham-Kent


Two traps in Windsor Essex have collected mosquitos that tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit reports this is the first indicator of the virus this year.

The local health unit says both the positive test results were within the City of Windsor.

There have been no human cases reported to this point.

Last year there were 13 cases of West Nile in humans and one death. There were three deaths from the virus in 2017.

The Chatham-Kent Health Unit also reports a mosquito trap in the Dresden area has also tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

People bitten by an infected mosquito can contract the disease.

Health officials say ome simple tips to help protect individuals from mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET, Icaridin or other approved ingredients on clothing as well as exposed skin. Read and follow the manufacturers' directions for safe use.
  • 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.
  • Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.