News Release: August 2, 2018
West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitos Found in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON (August 2, 2018) – West Nile virus has once again been detected in mosquitos collected in the Region of Peel. So far this summer, three mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus. The Region reminds residents that it is not uncommon to find West Nile virus in local mosquitos.
West Nile virus became established across much of North America in the late 1990s and public health units, including Region of Peel – Public Health, have run annual programs to help monitor and control the population of mosquitos that carry the virus.
“Public Health maintains and monitors 33 mosquito traps that are set up across the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. These traps are tested weekly from June to September and with this recent confirmation of West Nile virus activity, we are increasing our efforts in the area surrounding the positive traps by looking for breeding sites and re-treating catch basins with larvicide,” says Paul Callanan, Director of Health Protection at the Region of Peel.
The Region of Peel encourages residents to take extra precautions during dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is higher. Wear light coloured, long sleeved shirts and pants and use mosquito repellent containing DEET if older than six months of age. Children under six months can be protected with insect netting.
“Luckily, the summer to this point hasn’t been extremely wet, which has limited prime breeding conditions for mosquitos, added Callanan. “However, this can change from week to week and we urge people to protect themselves and do their part to reduce the spread of mosquito populations in their neighbourhoods and communities by removing standing water.”
Tips to Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites:
- Remove items that collect water.
- Turn over old tires or wheelbarrows; empty out pails and plastic wading pools; change the water in birdbaths often.
- Report standing water if present longer than a week on public property at peelregion.ca/health/vbd/rep-stwater or by calling Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700.
The Region of Peel has had no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus this season.
For more information, visit peelregion.ca/westnile 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 can call toll free at 905-584-2216.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Media Contacts:Jeff LeMoine
Communications Specialist - Region of Peel - Public Health