The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit wants you to avoid catching West Nile virus.

Less than two weeks ago, the health unit confirmed its first positive case of West Nile in the region but would not give any other details due to confidentiality reasons.

The health unit says people can get the virus if bitten by an infected mosquito bite.

Environmental Health Manager Richard Ovcharovich suggests people wear long sleeved clothing when outside and use bug spray containing deet.

He also recommends dumping any standing water on your property like a bird bath for example.

According to Ovcharovich, most people who get West Nile don’t experience any symptoms but if they do, they are flu-like.