Region of Peel Releases 2003 West Nile Virus Prevention and Control Plan
(Brampton) - The 2003 West Nile Virus (WNV) Prevention and Control Plan was presented
by Peel Health to General Committee today. The plan will focus on public education,
surveillance, reduction of mosquito breeding areas, and measures to control mosquito
"In 2002, West Nile Virus was widespread in Peel, and we are certain that
it will be present in Peel this year," said Dr. David McKeown, the Region
of Peel's Medical Officer of Health. "The goal of the prevention and control
plan is to minimize the impacts of the virus on human health. The plan emphasizes
measures to prevent the spread of disease and protect the environment."
Peel Health has worked closely with the Mosquito Control Task Force which includes
local municipalities, Credit Valley Conservation, the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The
2003 plan is based on recommendations from Health Canada and the US Centre for
Activities outlined in the plan include WNV public education and community
outreach, human surveillance and provider education, dead crow and mosquito
surveillance and larval mosquito control. If the WNV activity in Peel increases
during the season, then surveillance, education and control methods will be
Larval mosquito control or larviciding is one of the most important additions
to the 2003 WNV plan. The mosquito larval control program will include application
of environment-friendly biological pesticides to standing water in roadside
catch-basins in Mississauga, Brampton and in urban areas of Caledon. The Region
of Peel will inform Peel residents about larviciding through local newspapers
and postings on the WNV Web site.
Control of adult mosquitoes may be required if a significant risk of WNV to
human health occurs despite the successful implementation of the other components
of the plan. A contingency plan for adulticiding will be developed.
WNV was first detected in mosquitoes in Peel in 2001. As of February 14, 2003,
there were 100 Peel residents reported with laboratory evidence of WNV infection
from 2002, including two deaths. Twenty crows and 40 mosquito pools from Peel
tested positive for the virus in 2002.
More information on West Nile Virus can be found at www.peel-bugbite.ca
or by calling Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700, Monday through Friday, from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.