West Nile mosquitos found in Dresden

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More mosquitos caught in local traps have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The findings, recorded in Dresden at the end of August, mark the second time in Chatham-Kent this summer insects carrying the virus have been found.

But the highly detested pest is unlikely to be a major concern for the public.

“We've done very well over the years in Chatham-Kent, we've had a very small number of cases,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby. He says public health battles the bug by larviciding catch basins where mosquitos like to breed.

“This monitoring program is very important to make sure that we're not having additional threats in our community,” says Colby.

Public Health says even if you’re bitten by a mosquito with West Nile most people experience low or no symptoms. Sometimes more serious conditions such as stiffness, nausea, vomiting or paralysis. In these cases people should seek medical attention immediately.

Steps to help avoid mosquito bites in the first place include wearing clothes that protect your skin, avoiding mosquito-heavy areas at night, not letting them inside your house and getting rid of any standing water on your property.

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent

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