Windsor – For the first time since the beginning of the year, West Nile virus mosquitoes have been found in Ontario.
Nothing very surprising, according to the biologist Richard Vadeboncoeur, since these specimens arrive first in the hottest places, and therefore in the southernmost part of the country. “In Quebec, it is more towards the month of August that we can find them,” says the specialist.
No need to be alarmed, reassured the authorities, as no human cases have yet been recorded and the risks of contamination remain very low.
However, they insisted on the need to protect themselves: applying insect repellents remains very effective, as well as wearing long, light-colored clothing. Finally, getting rid of stagnant water in the vicinity will deprive these insects of their breeding place.
West Nile virus transmitted to humans may have no symptoms, but it can sometimes cause headaches, fever and body aches. Fragile individuals may, however, experience complications as a result of infection.
For 15 years, this virus has reappeared every year in Canada. In total, Toronto experienced 19 cases of humans with West Nile virus last year.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.