News Release: July 31, 2019
First West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Peel
Residents should protect themselves from mosquito bites and should remove standing water from their properties.
BRAMPTON, ON (July 30, 2019) – The season’s first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes have been identified in the Region of Peel. The mosquitoes were collected from the Mclaughlin Rd S. and Steeles Ave W. area in Brampton.
“The Region of Peel - Public Health monitors West Nile virus activity through 33 mosquito traps set across the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and the Town of Caledon. Mosquitoes from the traps are collected and tested weekly from June to September. Public Health staff also survey public areas for stagnant water that may be serving as mosquito breeding sites and treat identified sites with larvicide.” says Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that is passed to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. To date, the Region of Peel has had no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus, and as of July 20th there have been no reported human cases in Ontario so far this season.
Although the risk of acquiring West Nile virus infection is low, the Region of Peel reminds residents there are simple things that you can do to protect against mosquito bites:
- Apply an approved insect repellent containing an ingredient effective against mosquitoes, such as DEET or icaridin, to exposed skin and clothing.
- Avoid areas with high mosquito populations, such as shaded or wooded areas, and take extra precautions between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear light-colored, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing such as long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
- Make sure all window and door screens fit securely and are free of tears and holes.
Peel residents can also help prevent mosquito bites by removing or draining items on their property that hold stagnant water. Water that is stagnant for more than seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes. Report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 (toll free at 905-584-2216 in Caledon), or online at peelregion.ca/health/vbd. The website also has more information about West Nile Virus and residents can also register to receive email notifications about mosquito activity in Peel Region.
Media ContactsJeffrey LeMoine
Region of Peel, Public Health
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.