Oil Springs first Lambton community West Nile virus is found

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West Nile virus has been found in Oil Springs.

Lambton Public Health says mosquitoes collected from a trap in the village Aug. 12 have tested positive. It’s the first detection of the virus which is spread by mosquitoes this year.

Lambton Public Health says the disease has been present in Lambton for years and the best defense is to drain areas of standing and stagnant water, remove old tires, turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows, change the water in bird baths weekly and keep your eves clear.

To reduce your chance of being bitten by an infected mosquitoes you should avoid long grasses, wear protective, light clothing, take extra precautions from dawn to dusk, including using DEET based repellents.

Officials say the majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Usually have mild flu-like symptoms like fever, headache, skin rash or muscle aches. Less than one per cent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.