Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus This Summer
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 2, 2015) – With warm, humid days just around the corner, Peel Public Health is reminding residents to help reduce the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) by eliminating stagnant water, practicing good personal protection measures and registering online at peel-bugbite.ca to receive email notifications of WNV activity. Peel Public Health’s prevention program, which includes monitoring and testing for the virus, begins this week.
“West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito,” said Paul Callanan, the Region of Peel’s Director of Environmental Health. “The best way for residents to reduce their risk of West Nile Virus is to be aware of activity in their area and take the recommended precautions.”
Reduce your risk of contracting WNV:
- Avoid areas with high mosquito populations and take extra precautions at dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is the highest
- Remove or drain items on your property that hold stagnant water. As the weather gets warmer, water that is stagnant for more than seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes.
- Wear light-coloured clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long sleeves, pants and a hat
- Use insect repellent and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Register online at peel-bugbite.ca to receive WNV activity e-mail notifications, which will provide information about where positive WNV activity has been found in Peel.
- Report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or online at peel-bugbite.ca
Peel Public Health’s 2015 WNV prevention program includes collecting and testing adult mosquitoes weekly, and monitoring stagnant water sites on public property for mosquito larvae. If larvae are found, an environmentally-friendly larvicide will be used. Peel Public Health will also complete three rounds of larviciding in roadside catch basins throughout Peel.
For more information visit peel-bugbite.ca or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents can 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.