West Nile virus has been found in a mosquito batch collected this week in Mississauga, say Peel Public Health officials.
The positive batch was collected near Derry Rd. and Goreway Dr, from one of the 31 traps maintained and monitored annually from June to September.
While there have been no confirmed human cases of the virus in Ontario this season, this year’s scorching summer has resulted in increased mosquito activity, say officials.
A heat warning ended Friday following a week of sweltering temperatures.
Officials say the best way of eliminating mosquitoes near your home is to remove items collecting water.
“Turn over old tires or wheelbarrows, empty out pails and plastic wading pools, change the water in your birdbaths often, and put away toys,” said Region of Peel associate medical officer of health Dr. Lawrence Loh in a statement.
Mosquito bites carry the virus to humans, with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, mild rash, and swollen lymph glands.
An estimated 70 per cent to 80 per cent of people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms, according to Health Canada.
REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO WNV
- Avoid areas with high mosquito populations.
- Wear light-coloured clothing, including long sleeves, pants and a hat, to cover exposed skin, even in their own backyard.
- Use an insect repellent containing DEET and applying it according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Take extra precaution from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is higher. If possible, stay indoors.
(Source: Region of Peel)