BRAMPTON, ON. (July 12, 2013) – Two mosquito batches collected this week in Mississauga have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). One batch was collected in a trap located near Bristol Road and the Credit River, and the other batch was collected in a trap located near Cawthra Road and the QEW. These batches are the first to test positive for WNV in Peel in 2013.
“The recent hot weather and rain, which has left many areas of standing water, have helped to increase the mosquito population so far this year. It was around this time last year that we had our first positive mosquitoes, so we may have another very busy West Nile Virus season,” says Paul Callanan, Director of Environmental Health at the Region of Peel. “We encourage residents to remove standing water on their property and take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.”
- 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 an insect repellent and apply it 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.
“Residents can keep up to date with West Nile Virus activity in Peel by signing up for email notifications on our website at peel-bugbite.ca,” continues Mr. Callanan. “The website is a great resource where residents can learn how to protect themselves from mosquito bites and report standing water.”
Peel has no confirmed human cases of WNV this season. To date, there have been two WNV-positive mosquito batches reported in Ontario: one in Durham and one in Hamilton.
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.