West Nile Virus-positive Mosquitoes Found in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (Aug. 3, 2010) – Residents are reminded to take special care against West Nile Virus (WNV) infection this summer. Two mosquito batches collected on July 28 in a trap near Lakeshore Road East and Dixie Road in Mississauga have tested positive for WNV. These mosquitoes are the first that have tested positive for WNV in Peel region in 2010.
“The end of July is when we typically start to see West Nile Virus activity in Peel, so it’s no surprise to see these positive batches,” says Paul Callanan, Director of Environmental Health at the Region of Peel. “Since we know the virus is in the community, we encourage residents to keep using personal protection measures and help us reduce stagnant water so they can continue to have a safe and healthy summer.”
- Avoid areas with high mosquito populations.
- Wear light-coloured clothing, including long sleeves, pants and a hat, to cover exposed skin, even in their own backyard.
- Use only those personal insect repellents that are registered for use in Canada and remember applying repellent according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Drain any areas of stagnant water on their property. Remove old tires, turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows, frequently change the water in birdbaths and keep eaves troughs clear.
- Take extra precaution from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is higher. If possible, stay indoors.
“The Region will continue larviciding in catch basins and treating stagnant water,” continues Mr. Callanan. “Residents can report stagnant water by filling out an online form at www.peel-bugbite.ca or calling the Region of Peel – Public Health at 905-799-7700.”
To date, Peel has no confirmed human cases of WNV.
For more information about WNV, visit www.peel-bugbite.ca or call Region of Peel—Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Caledon residents call toll free at 905-584-2216.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.