BRAMPTON, ON. (Sept. 28, 2015) - Peel Public Health has identified its first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2015 in Brampton.
August and September are the months of highest risk for human West Nile Virus cases. Residents are encouraged to help protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
- avoiding areas with high mosquito populations and taking extra precautions at dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is highest.
- wearing light-coloured clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long sleeves, pants and a hat.
- use an insect repellent and apply it according to the manufacturer's directions.
- removing or draining items on your property that hold stagnant water. Water that is stagnant for more than seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes. You can also report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or online at peel-bugbite.ca.
- registering 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.
"Even though it is getting cooler in the evenings, it is still important to protect against mosquito bites during the fall months until there is a significant frost event," said Paul Callanan, the Region of Peelís 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."
WNV is carried by mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. While most people infected with the virus will not exhibit any symptoms, approximately 20 per cent of people who become infected will experience mild flu-like symptoms (nausea, fever, headache, body aches) 3 to 14 days after being bitten. About 1 in 150 people who become infected will develop a more severe form of the disease. Anyone concerned that they may be infected should see their doctor. a.
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.