West Nile Virus-positive Mosquitoes Found in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (July 10, 2012) – Two mosquito batches collected in Peel have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). One batch was collected on July 4 in a trap located in the area of Hurontario Street and Hwy. 407 in Brampton, and the other batch was collected on July 5 in a trap located near Bristol Road and McLaughlin Road in Mississauga. These batches are the first that have tested positive for WNV in Peel in 2012.
“These positive mosquito batches have been found earlier in the season than last year. The recent hot weather and lack of rain has helped to increase the mosquito population. Peel is one of many regions in the GTA to find West Nile Virus earlier than usual,” says Paul Callanan, Director of Environmental Health at the Region of Peel. “We expect a very busy West Nile Virus season and we are encouraging residents to use personal protection measures whenever they are outside and remove standing water around their property.”
- 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 apply repellent according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Drain any areas of standing water on their property. Remove old tires, turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows, frequently change the water in birdbaths and keep eavestroughs clear.
- Take extra precaution from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is higher. If possible, stay indoors.
“Our West Nile Virus website, peel-bugbite.ca, is a great resource where residents can learn more about personal protection measure and report standing water,” continues Mr. Callanan. “Residents can also sign up for email notifications of positive West Nile Virus activity in Peel.”
Peel has no confirmed human cases of WNV this season. To date, there have been eight WNV-positive mosquito batches reported in Ontario, including two in each of Halton and Peel, and one each in of Durham, Niagara, Toronto and Windsor-Essex.
For more information about WNV, visit 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.