Regional Council received a report on the status of the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Plan. “Vector-Borne disease” describes communicable diseases, spread through insect and tick bites. The two most significant Vector-Borne diseases in the Region of Peel are West Nile Virus and Lyme disease.
The main goal of the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Plan in 2013 is to minimize the impact of West Nile Virus on human health through Region-wide surveillance. In addition, the plan will use Integrated Mosquito Management which includes larviciding, source reduction and public education.
Also in 2013, the Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Plan will remind health care providers in the Region of the signs and symptoms; laboratory diagnosis and management of Lyme disease. Educational materials on Lyme disease will also continue to be available to the public.
For more information about Disease Prevention in Peel, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/resources/reports.htm