Specialists Advice the Population to Seek Protection from the West Nile Virus

Specialists Advice the Population to Seek Protection from the West Nile Virus

The arrival of warmer weather might be excellent news for the outdoors enthusiasts, but along with the increase in temperature, specialists warn that a more severe event will occur, which is alarmingly threatening to our health.

Specialists from Toronto Public Health are now reminding individuals that, once the weather gets warmer, mosquitoes might also appear. Some of them might carry the West Nile virus, which is highly dangerous and contagious, so they suggest that you ensure that you are as protected as possible in this concern.

Dr. Eileen de Villa is the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto stated in a news release on May 30 that there are reports of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus that turn out to be positive each year. However, as she states, the average risk of getting bitten by such infected mosquito is considered by the specialists as being low in the Toronto area.

How to protect yourself from the West Nile virus?

She goes further into saying that she encourages Toronto citizens to go outside and enjoy the nature, take a walk and so on, but also to carefully protect themselves, especially older adults that are most vulnerable to such disease. Moreover, specialists suggest that citizens beware and look out for any symptoms that these infections can show.

As recommended by public health, individuals who go outside should wear shirts and pants that are long sleeved and brightly colored. Moreover, it is suggested to use insect repellent to protect yourself and to ensure that there’s no way in which the insects can get into your home, through windows or doors.

Also, one should be very careful concerning the symptoms they might notice. 80% of the people infected do not show any sign of the disease at first. However, the highest chance to become seriously ill is in older people that have weakened immune systems, as stated by the agency.

The population is also suggested to watch out for symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, skin rash, swollen lymph glands, or sensitivity to light that might indicate such infection.


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