(POINT EDWARD, ON) – Test results received by Lambton Public Health confirm a dead crow, found in Sarnia’s north end in early August, has tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first positive finding in 2016 as part of WNV surveillance.
Surveillance includes dead bird reporting and testing, mosquito trap testing, and the detection of human cases through health system monitoring.
The majority of people infected with WNV do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, skin rash, or muscle aches.
Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.
WNV is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Reduce your risk by taking precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites, reducing mosquito breeding areas around your home, and by supporting surveillance by reporting dead birds.