Summer 2018 may be winding down, but bug season lasts well into fall, as we are all too well aware.

Which is not good for anyone really, but especially for people in one section of the province.

A record number of mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus in the area. 

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A total of 6 known mosquito pools in Windsor Essex-County have tested positive for the virus in a week. 

That’s the most positive tests for a single week in all of 2018.

So far, no one in the area has actually contracted West Nile this year, but the increase in the number of infected pools shows that the virus is active in the community, according to a statement by health unit for the county.

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Not everyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito contracts the virus themselves, but some in the province have been infected by it this year

Symptoms of West Nile virus vary from person to person but can include fever, headache, neck and back stiffness, and other flu-like symptoms.

In extremely bad cases, the virus can even cause a person to experience a lack of coordination or even experience paralysis. 

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Officials in the area are telling people to avoid going out when the insects are most active and to use insect repellent containing DEET.

It’s also suggested people wear long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid being bitten by the bugs. 

Source: CBC, Ottawa Citizen

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