By Gary Carr
Thursday, August 20, 2015 4:45 pm ·  0 Comments
Two batches of mosquitoes trapped last week in the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). These are the first two batches of WNV positive mosquitoes for Halton this year.
“In looking at our West Nile virus data since 2002, it is clear that August and September are the months with the highest risk for Halton residents to become infected with West Nile virus,” said Dr. Monir Taha, Halton Region Associate Medical Officer of Health. “Now and until the hard frosts of fall set in, Halton residents should take extra efforts 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 objects that can hold standing 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 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, dial 311or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.