Presence of West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Our Area
Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. However, there have been no human cases reported in our region.
“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area. Residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.”
West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. For most people, the risk of illness from West Nile virus is low. However, it can cause serious illness in others.
The following measures can help reduce the risk of West Nile virus:
- Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.
- Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.
- Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.
- Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.
- Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
For more information, visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.eohu.ca and click on the Community Health section, or call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.