Larviciding program starts now to help prevent West Nile virus in Oakville

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Larviciding program starts now to help prevent West Nile virus in Oakville

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Gary Carr

Gary Carr

In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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To help keep West Nile virus (WNV) out of our communities, Halton Region has now begun its larviciding program. The preventative program targets standing bodies of water which are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry the virus. Halton is committed to being safe and healthy, and through our public education and preventative programs, such as larviciding, we will keep Halton a great place to live.

“Larviciding is just one part of our West Nile prevention program which includes public education, monitoring and surveillance, eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites and larviciding,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “By working together with the community to eliminate standing water sites and reminding people how to avoid mosquito bites, we can reduce the occurrence of West Nile virus in our communities and help keep people healthy.”

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, and 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:

  1. Cover up. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants with tightly-woven fabric.
  2. Avoid being outdoors from early evening to morning when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite, as well as at any time in shady, wooded areas.
  3. Reduce mosquito breeding sites around your home by getting rid of all water-filled containers and objects. Change the water in bird baths at least once per week.
  4. Use an approved insect repellent, such as one containing DEET or Icaridin.
  5. Make sure your window and door screens are tight and without holes, cuts or other openings.

Larvicide is only applied on public property where mosquito larvae have been found. A map showing the locations of standing water sites where larvicide has been applied is available at halton.ca/wnv.

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To report standing water at a public facility or for more information about West Nile virus, please visit halton.ca/wnv, dial 311 or e-mail wnv@halton.ca.

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