For the first time in 2017, West Nile virus has been detected in the area surrounding Peterborough.
Health unit officials with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pineridge District Health Unit confirm that a batch of mosquitoes collected in Haliburton on July 6 has tested positive for West Nile virus. No human cases of the virus have been reported in Ontario this year.
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Symptoms of West Nile include high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness and stiff neck. In a few cases, people may also experience confusion, tremors, and sudden sensitivity to light. People who suspect they may have been infected by West Nile virus should seek immediate medical attention.