Canton-Potsdam Hospital reports that it recently treated and released a patient who tested positive for West Nile virus.
Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said.
"People may feel, with the end of summer approaching, that the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is reduced", said Dr. Charles Gardener, Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
Public Health Inspector Stephanie Carlisle says this is usually the time of year many communities will find mosquitoes carrying the virus.
Mosquitoes with West Nile virus were confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 30 in a surveillance trap set Monday, Aug. 21 by the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project in the northern part of Leominster. Boudreaux said positive test for West Nile have been found in St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette parishes.
"West Nile Virus remains a concern in our area, " the doctor said. No symptoms in most people. However, in the coming weeks, as floodwaters recede and form pools of stagnant standing water, the new pools may become breeding areas for the Aedes aegypti mosquitos that carry and spread the viruses.
Mild symptoms may include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash.
There are ways you can keep yourself safe like use insect repellent and do not forget to reapply, wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers, if you have a fan laying around, turn it on, as that can help too.
Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure to mosquito bites (i.e., long trousers and long-sleeved shirts).
Approximately 70 to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not experience symptoms.
Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.