By Gary Carr
Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:30 pm ·  0 Comments
On July 21, 2016, Halton Region announced that a batch of mosquitoes trapped this week in the Town of Oakville tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first batch of WNV positive mosquitoes for Halton this year.
“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.
Most people who are infected by WNV do not have symptoms but those who do should seek medical attention. Only 20 per cent of those infected experience West Nile fever, which consists of fever, headache, muscle ache and rash, and only one in 150 infections can result in a more serious illness such as encephalitis (brain swelling).
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.