Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus discovered in Pelham

The Niagara Region Public Health Department announced Tuesday Aug. 7/2018 that it has received their first report of West Nile Virus (WNV) of 2018 in mosquitoes, no human cases have been reported yet.

“While the mosquitoes that tested positive were found in Pelham, all Niagara residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent WNV,” a press release from Niagara Region Public Health said.

Tips to reduce the risk of exposure to being bitten by mosquitoes with 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 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.”

 


 

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