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  1. 1. Contact: Sal Hosny The Nipissing Region Health Department 343 Yonge St. E. Nipissing, ON M2N 3B3 Tel: 647-111-2222 Cell: 647-111-3333 Email: sal.hosny@nrhd.ca For Immediate ReleaseFIRST WEST NILE VIRUS CASES CONFIRMED IN NIPISSING REGIONNipissing. ON – October 7, 2011 - The Nipissing Region health department confirmed that at least twopeople have been infected with the West Nile virus in the Nipissing region according to a positive testreport received from the Toronto Laboratory of Public Health Ontario.“The virus spreads through mosquitos during the breeding season and is not dangerous in most cases,”said John Smith, head of the health department. “However, residents should be more cautious to avoidinfection, especially seniors and people with underlying illnesses.”Only 20 per cent of those infected suffer from mild symptoms such as chills, headache, and nausea. Deathis rare, and less than one per cent develops serious conditions. Residents are urged to take the followingsteps to avoid catching the disease: Cover up and wear light coloured long-sleeved shirts. Avoid going out from early evening to morning. Ensure that windows fit tightly. Get rid of water-filler containers around the property. Use an approved insect repellent. Report standing water to the department. -more-
  2. 2. Nipissing/Page 2The Nipissing region’s mosquito surveillance program team has found the virus in batches of mosquitosfor the past five weeks, due to an unusually longer breeding season in northern Ontario. It believes thatclimate change in recent years, due to global warming, is behind this phenomenon. -30-

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