Niagara Region Public Health has received its first report of a laboratory-confirmed case of West Nile Virus infection for 2021.
people infected with
West Nile Virus do not get
per cent of people suffer flu-like symptoms and fatigue, and one per cent
suffer serious infections of the brain such as
meningitis. Fever, severe
body aches, neck
stiffness, confusion, weakness, tremors and sudden sensitivity to light are the
symptoms of severe infection.
suffering these should see a
may be COVID-19, but if someone tests negative for COVID-19 and has recently
received mosquito bites, West Nile Virus could be a possibility.
To prevent mosquito bites
and reduce the risk of being exposed to West Nile
If someone has the above symptoms, testing for COVID-19 is advised first. If the test is negative, symptoms are not improving and they have had multiple mosquito bites, then they should see their health care provider or call Public Health at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7590.
Further information concerning West Nile Virus
illness and how to reduce the risk of infection can
be found online at
Niagara Region Public Health
9056888248 ext. 7476