West Nile Virus detected for second time this summer in Lambton County

Henrietta Strickland
August 8, 2018

Test results received Tuesday confirm that mosquitoes collected from a trap located in Plympton-Wyoming on August 1 tested positive for the virus. This follows last week's positive test result in Woodstock. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds. The majority of Culex mosquitoes breed in standing water and others are found in freshwater and saltwater marshes, lakes and ponds.

West Nile virus activity is moving east.

The first West Nile virus death of 2018 has been reported by the Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Cover children's playpens or baby carriages with netting when outdoors.

Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

Clean your gutters and flush birdbaths or fountains once a week.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside. Prior to a year ago, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

There was one human case of West Nile virus in Oxford County in 2017. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected a year ago, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

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