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INFORMATION : Special Reports

Coping with West Nile

Humans are infected by mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus. Effects vary from mild flu-like symptoms to encephalitis and/or meningitis: those most seriously affected may die, or may suffer from short- or long-term disabilities. There is evidence that children tend to be less seriously affected.

You can help reduce the risk by eliminating mosquito breeding areas: see the sidebar at the right.


You can do two things to avoid infection during baseball activities: wear protective clothing, and use mosquito repellent. Wear light-coloured clothing that covers as much of your body as possible, tucking pants into socks, and avoiding thin clothing. And use insect repellents with DEET on exposed skin and thin clothing, but not under clothing. Health authorities advise that:

You should also note that mosquitos are most active in summer and fall, from dusk to dawn.

For more information, visit websites maintained by the City of Mississauga, the Government of Ontario, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control, or refer to your doctor or pharmacist.


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