For the first time this year, the Middlesex-London Health Unit claims to have identified West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in its area of responsibility.
The mosquitoes came from a trap in Glencoe, Ontario, and the health department is taking the opportunity to remind the public to take steps to prevent insect bites.
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“We had an abundance of rainfall this summer which has resulted in increased mosquito breeding and populations in some areas of Hogeveen.
“Cover exposed skin in light-colored clothing, wear insect repellant that contains DEET, and avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
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“Simple steps taken to reduce stagnant water near homes and shacks will also help reduce mosquito populations in the community.”
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The health department says about 80 percent of people who contract the West Nile virus don’t get sick. Those who do this usually have mild flu-like symptoms, while less than one percent of those infected get seriously ill.
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The health department says its vector-borne disease team has been conducting weekly mosquito surveys on 250 stagnant bodies of water on public property in the area since May.
In addition, the health department said it carried out mosquito control treatments three times this summer in 35,000 roadside catch basins in the region.
The MLHU says it will continue its surveillance and control efforts across the region.
For more information on the West Nile Virus in Middlesex-London, please visit the Health Unit website.
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