It’s been one of the most active years for the West Nile Virus in recent memory. A number of municipalities across the GTA have reported human cases of the virus, and Durham has had a number of mosquitos in the region test positive for the virus. Manager of Environmental Health with the Durham Health Department Laura Freeland encourages members of the public to protect themselves from bites. She suggests wearing bug repellant with DEET, wearing light coloured clothing and dressing in long shirts and pants to reduce the possible bite area. Freeland says most people who contract the virus will suffer from fever, headache, body ache, nausea and a rash, while more serious symptoms include stiff neck, confusion and sudden sensitivity to light.