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A West Nile Virus "epidemic" with as many as 500 human cases is expected to strike Ontario this summer, according to new research from Brock University.

BUFFALO, NY- The Erie County Health Department says the West Nile Virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Amherst. "These same precautionary measures will also help protect people from other insect-borne diseases". The resident of the 75248 zip code [north of Beltline Road, between the Dallas North Tollway and Coit Road] was diagnosed with West Nile virus on July 14.

West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the press release. People of any age can develop serious illness, but people over 60 years old are at greatest risk for serious illness.

Certain bird species, especially crows and ravens, are particularly vulnerable to West Nile virus, and the discovery of dead birds serves as an early warning sign the virus is near.

In 2016, there were 155 cases of human West Nile Virus with six deaths reported in the state, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has operated a mosquito control program for more than 50 years. BTI is a naturally occurring bacterium that kills mosquito larvae before they can grow up to become flying, biting, disease-spreading adults.

Using insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or lcaridin offers the most effective protection.

The single best defense against WNV is bite prevention.

Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.


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