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For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2005

Region of Peel Releases Updated Plan to Fight West Nile Virus

(Brampton) - With the weather warming up quickly, it won't be long until mosquito season is upon us. West Nile Virus (WNV) is again expected to be in Peel this year. The Region of Peel has updated its WNV Prevention Plan to reduce the risk of WNV to human health. The Plan was approved by Regional Council on April 14, 2005 .

Activities in the WNV Prevention Plan are similar to what has been done in previous years. Peel Health will continue surveillance activities to identify human cases of WNV, location of WNV-positive mosquito batches, WNV-positive dead crows and blue jays. Peel Health will also concentrate on larviciding municipal roadside catch basins and surface water sites. In addition, the public education campaign will continue raising awareness about WNV and prevention measures.

"The goal of the Prevention Plan is to minimize the impact of West Nile Virus on human health. Surveillance and larviciding can help us do that but we are asking the public to do their part by reducing mosquito breeding areas on their property and taking personal protection measures," said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel.

Peel Health will begin collecting dead crows and blue jays starting May 9 and ending Sept. 30. If you find a dead crow or a blue jay, please call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Caledon residents can call toll-free at 905-584-2216. It is not necessary to report other types of dead birds that you may find.

Peel Health has worked closely with the City of Mississauga, City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Credit Valley Conservation and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to develop a local West Nile Virus Prevention Plan. The plan is based on recommendations from Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Canada and the US Centre for Disease Control.

For more information about WNV, mosquito control, personal protection from mosquito bites, measures to reduce stagnant water and updates on dead bird surveillance, contact Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700 or HealthLinePeel@region.peel.on.ca

Dr. Howard Shapiro
Acting Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2451

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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