West Nile Virus found in mosquitos in Niagara

Niagara Region Public Health has announced Tuesday Aug. 8/2017 that mosquitos in the Niagara Region have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

“While the mosquitoes that tested positive were found in St. Catharines and Pelham, all Niagara residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent West Nile Virus,” Niagara Region Public Health said in a press release.

In the release they offered the following advice for reducing the risk of being bitten by mosquitos thereby reducing the risk of exposure to the West Nile Virus:

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors.

When using 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 bird baths, old tires, pails, toys and wheelbarrows.

Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition.

Residents can call 905-688-8248, ext. 7590, or 1-888-505-6074 if they have further inquiries about West Nile Virus. Information and updates can be found on the Niagara Region Public Health website: http://www.niagararegion.ca/health/



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