West Nile Virus found in two local Mosquito Traps

Elgin CountyMosquitoes obtained in two local traps have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The positive mosquito traps were located in the western area of St. Thomas and the other one was located in the Ivan Steen Conservation Area in Aylmer.   Both locations are on the urban fringe where there are nearby creeks with low water flows due to recent dry weather conditions. While there have been reports of WNV detected in mosquitoes in other Ontario health units, including Middlesex-London, these are the first mosquitoes to be detected with WNV this summer in the Elgin-St. Thomas area.

“The Health Unit will maintain surveillance efforts looking for evidence of sustained or increased prevalence of WNV in the community, but is reminding people to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” says Jim Reffle, Manager of Health Protection Programs with Elgin St Thomas Public Health. “Removing standing water on your property is an effective way to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can breed, while covering up or using repellants that contain DEET will protect you from being bitten by them.”

Other ways to help protect yourself and your family against West Nile Virus include:

  • wearing light-coloured clothing with long-sleeves, pants and socks in areas where mosquitoes are present, especially at dusk and dawn when they are most active.
  •  When using an insect repellent with DEET follow directions for use, especially for children.
  • Fixing holes in screens, windows and doors.
  • Regularly emptying any standing water from garbage cans, wheelbarrows, toys, flowerpots and saucers, pool covers, tires, and other items around your home and yard.
  • Changing water in bird baths every other day.
  •  Keeping pool pumps circulating.
  •  Covering openings in rain barrels with screens.

    The majority of people (80%) who become infected with West Nile Virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild flu-like symptoms; fewer than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.

    The majority of people (80%) who become infected with West Nile Virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild flu-like symptoms; fewer than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.

For more information about West Nile Virus go to:

http://www.elginhealth.on.ca/index.asp?ParentID=192&MenuID=1212

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