West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause neurological symptoms. The virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito that has itself been infected by biting an infected bird. The virus cannot be spread from person to person.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is taking steps to observe and identify mosquitoes that may be carriers of the West Nile virus. The Health Unit collects and monitors mosquitoes to determine the types of mosquitoes breeding in the area. Some breeds of mosquitoes are West Nile virus carriers, while other breeds don’t seem to carry the virus. Monitoring is a good way to determine if the population is at risk of the virus.
As a community member, you can help control the spread of West Nile virus by mosquito-proofing your home, reducing the places that will attract mosquitoes, and protecting yourself from these insects.
Choosing a Personal Insect Repellent
How to Reduce Mosquito Activity Around the House
Protecting Your Child
West Nile Virus: Outdoor Workers, Gardeners and Outdoor Enthusiasts
Health Canada - Insect Repellents
Health Canada - West Nile Virus
Min. of Health and Long Term Care - West Nile virus
Ministry of the Environment: West Nile Virus Resources
Public Health Agency of Canada - West Nile Virus: Protect Yourself