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People test positive for West Nile virus, Lyme disease in York Region
Region warns residents to protect themselves
August 4, 2017
By Ali Raza

Watch out for the West Nile virus and Lyme disease, the Regional Municipality of York warns.

One human case of West Nile virus and three human cases of Lyme disease have been identified in York Region.

The case of West Nile virus was confirmed as travel-related, while three mosquito traps in York Region tested positive for West Nile virus earlier this year.

Of the three cases of Lyme disease, two were contracted locally from blacklegged ticks.

“Increased rainfall has contributed to rising mosquito populations and ongoing surveillance shows us blacklegged ticks are present in York Region,” said the region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Karim Kurji.

“Being informed and taking precautions when outdoors remain the best methods of personal protection.”

The West Nile virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Residents spending time outdoors should take steps to prevent bites.

Lyme disease is passed to humans through the bites of infected blacklegged ticks.

If you find a tick, remove it quickly and store it in a resealable plastic container to take to York Region Public Health office for identification and testing.

Quick removal of a tick within 24 hours greatly reduces the chance of infection. Consult your health care provider in case of a bite.

Tips to prevent and protect:

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