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West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Halton Region Aug 2016

Posted: Aug. 29, 2016 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

Mosquito

Two batches of mosquitoes trapped this week have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) – one in the Town of Milton and one in the Town of Oakville. This year in Halton, there have been fifteen WNV positive mosquito batches to date.

“Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “Until the hard frosts of fall set in, Halton residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites.”

Urban areas are more likely to have mosquitoes that carry WNV. The types of mosquitoes that transmit WNV to humans most commonly breed in urban areas in places that hold water such as bird baths, plant pots, old toys, and tires.

The following are steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes:

A map showing the locations of standing water sites that have had larvicide applied this year is available at halton.ca/wnv.

To report standing water at public facilities or for more information about West Nile virus, please visit halton.ca/wnv.


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