West Nile Virus-positive Mosquitoes Found in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (Aug. 5, 2011) - Two mosquito batches collected in Mississauga have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). One batch was collected in a trap located in the area of Cawthra Road and the QEW, and the other batch was collected in a trap located near Derry Road East and Goreway Drive. These mosquitoes are the first that have tested positive for WNV in Peel region in 2011. Residents are reminded to take special care against WNV infection this summer.
“Over the past few weeks, surrounding regions have reported positive batches, so it’s no surprise to see positive batches in Peel,” says Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel. “The recent hot weather has helped to increase the mosquito population in Peel. We encourage residents to keep using personal protection measures and remove stagnant water so they can continue to have a safe and healthy summer.”
- 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 only those personal insect repellents that are registered for use in Canada and apply repellent according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Drain any areas of stagnant water on their property. Remove old tires, turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows, frequently change the water in birdbaths and keep eavestroughs clear.
- Take extra precaution from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is higher. If possible, stay indoors.
“The Region will continue larviciding in catch basins and treating stagnant water,” continues Dr. de Villa. “Residents can help us by reporting stagnant water online at peel-bugbite.ca or calling the Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700.”
Peel has no confirmed human cases of WNV. To date, there have been 11 WNV-positive mosquito batches reported in Ontario, including six in Toronto, two in both Halton and Windsor-Essex and one in Algoma. This week, the first human case of WNV in Ontario was reported in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph area, however it is believed that the infection was acquired outside of the province.
For more information about WNV, visit peel-bugbite.ca or call Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Caledon residents call toll free at 905-584-2216.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.