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The virus is spread through mosquitoes. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms.

It's not uncommon to find West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Peel Region.

"Mosquito-borne diseases overall are increasing", CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowley told Fairfax County health officials said they had five reports of people contracting West Nile virus past year but none in 2016.

"I think it's important for us to talk a little bit about it today because it's one of those unusual years where there's not a lot of biting pressure from the so-called nuisance mosquitoes", he said. Rarely, transmission to humans has occurred via exposure in a laboratory setting, through a blood transfusion or organ donation or from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding. However, many people don't exhibit any significant symptoms. Eight out of 10 people will never experience any symptoms.

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Past year in the United States, the West Nile infection was reported in over 2000 patients, causing deaths of 121 people.

As of July 30, 32 Ohio counties have positive tests for the virus in mosquitoes, and two human cases have been reported to the Ohio Department of Health. It was again reported from the same district in 2013 and 2017. Of those, 23 cases involved meningitis or encephalitis.

Since mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, residents are also advised to clean or empty out items that may hold water such as old tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, tarps, trash containers, downspout extensions and other containers to stop mosquitoes from breeding on your property. The use of mosquito nets can be useful at night, particularly for infants. These bodies of standing water are where mosquitoes lay their eggs.


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