Mosquitos that have tested positive for West Nile Virus have been located recently in St. Catharines, Welland, Port Colborne, and West Lincoln.
“Niagara Region Public Health is informing residents that Niagara has received its first confirmation of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in 2019. To date, in the Niagara region no human cases have been reported to Public Health,” a Niagara Region Public Health press release said on Wednesday, Aug. 28/2019.
The release says that while the mosquitos were found in four Niagara municipalities, everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of being potentially exposed to the virus.
- 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.
If anyone has inquiries about the West Nile Virus, you can call 905-688-8248 ext. 7590, or 1-888-505-6074. Further information and updates can be found on the Niagara Region Public Health website.