First Case of West Nile Virus reported

This post, from September 5, has information on the first case of West Nile Virus this season.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City has received confirmation of the first human case of West Nile Virus this season.

For more details, please continue reading below…

HAMILTON, ON – City of Hamilton Public Health Services has received confirmation of the first local human case of West Nile virus (WNV) this season prompting the Medical Officer of Health to move the WNV risk from moderate to high.

Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites and to remove standing water from private property to prevent mosquito breeding.

While most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms (approximately 80 per cent), others including older adults or those with weakened immune systems may experience West Nile fever (~20 per cent) or they may develop more severe illness including inflammation of the brain or the lining of the brain (~1 per cent). For any infection, if symptoms do occur, they appear two to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. 

Take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos:

  • Use a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are known to be present or cover up by wearing light coloured long sleeves and long pants when in mosquito areas such as wooded areas, on the golf course, or in the garden, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water at least weekly from your property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in very shallow standing water. If you remove the standing water, they cannot lay eggs. 

Hamilton Public Health Services continually assesses the risk for human illness as part of a comprehensive West Nile Virus surveillance and prevention program. The City has completed three rounds of larviciding treatments on city street catch basins, in addition to treatment of surface waters on public land.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.

Councillor John-Paul Danko