Top Left Header
Header
News
Arrow

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) identified in a Stormont County horse

Media Release
Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) identified in a Stormont County horse
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has confirmed that one horse in Stormont County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. Because the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Health Unit is issuing a reminder to everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer.
PHOTO CREDIT - Google.ca

Cornwall - Aug. 19, 2011 - One horse in Stormont County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. Because the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Health Unit is issuing a reminder to everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer.

“EEEV is a virus normally found in wild birds that can occasionally spread to horses and humans through mosquitoes. I want to reassure everyone that there has never been a human case of EEEV in Ontario. The Health Unit will continue to check mosquito pools for West Nile virus and EEEV. As a precaution, we will also increase surveillance,” explains Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.

To help protect yourself and your family, please take the following steps:

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and on all exposed skin. (Don’t apply it on the palms of your hands and your fingers, and keep it away from your eyes and mouth. Wash your hands after application).

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.

  • Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.

  • Ensure that all containers in or around the yard such as tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.

  • Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.

    For more information about Eastern equine encephalitis virus, visit www.eohu.ca/_files/eeev.pdf. You can also call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.


  • Follow OurHometown.ca on... Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on RSS Follow Us with E-Mail Updates!
    Send Us Your Thoughts


    Title - Story Count
    7,935 Stories & Growing Daily...

    To date OurHometown.ca has posted a total of 7,935 stories! News, sports, hockey, lifestyle, opinion and more!

    Be sure to check out our Contributors and Columnists archives!


    Title - More OH Headlines
    Click on Photo or Story Title for more info
    University of Windsor names seventh President and Vice-Chancellor
    Lakeshore Council Approves Additional Road Projects
    Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market Opens Saturday, May 25
    Ford’s review of WSIB will mean less support for injured Ontario workers
    Ontario Appoints Special Advisors to Review Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
    OurHometown.ca News Database Last Updated:
    May. 25, 2019 @ 9:05 AM EDT



    Footer
    Free Sitemap Generator