Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Niagara Region press release – ​Niagara Region Public Health is informing residents that Niagara has received its first confirmation of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in 2020. To date, in the Niagara region, no human cases have been reported to Public Health.

While the mosquitoes that tested positive were found in St. Catharines, all Niagara residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent WNV. To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and potentially exposed to WNV, residents are reminded to:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors;
  • Whenever you use mosquito repellent, apply a product containing DEET or Icaridin, and carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions;
  • Drain any areas of standing or stagnant water on your property on a regular basis, including birdbaths, old tires, pails, toys and wheelbarrows;
  • Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition.

Residents with inquiries about WNV can call 905-688-8248, ext. 7590, or 1-888-505-6074. Further information about WNV and updates can be found online at www.niagararegion.ca/health.