First human case of West Nile reported in Lambton

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A Lambton County resident has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Lambton Public Health said it’s the first lab-confirmed human case in Lambton this year. There have been 24 human cases reported in Ontario.

The health unit said in August, West Nile virus was confirmed in the county through local surveillance efforts. It was reported previously that mosquito pools in Petrolia and Oil Springs had tested positive for the virus.

Further information about the human case is not being provided for privacy reasons.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Health authorities said the confirmed human case is a reminder for Lambton residents to remain vigilant and take precautions to prevent exposure to mosquitos and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their properties.

The mosquito season is not over until frost and cold temperatures halt mosquito breeding.

Further information on the virus and the prevention of mosquitos and bites click here.

Residents can also call the West Nile virus info line at 519-383-3824 or toll-free 1-800-667-1839 ext. 3824.