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For Immediate Release: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On Friday, May 29, 2015 Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Associated Medical Officer of Health (acting) for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and GDG Environment will hold a media conference outdoors at Ojibway Prairie Park parking lot off of Matchette Road to announce the 2015 West Nile virus program.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Location: Ojibway Prairie Park parking lot, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor – Outdoors (Ojibway map)
Time: 1:00 p.m.

There will be a larviciding photo opportunity for media.

“West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Each year, we have to prepare and assume that mosquitoes are carrying the West Nile virus. Residents should continue to take the proper precautions to protect themselves from being bitten,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Associate Medical Officer of Health (A), Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Individuals can protect themselves by using mosquito repellents, avoiding outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, and wearing protective clothing.
While part of the West Nile virus strategy involves larviciding in areas where the virus is found, individuals can also make a difference by removing any hazards that could become a reservoir for standing water, such as old tires, upturned wheelbarrows, and unused flower pots. Reducing pools of standing water reduces the places mosquitoes can breed.

For background information visit the Health Unit’s West Nile virus webpage https://www.wechu.org/your-environment/west-nile-virus

On Friday, May 29, 2015 Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Associated Medical Officer of Health (acting) for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and GDG Environment will hold a media conference outdoors at Ojibway Prairie Park parking lot off of Matchette Road to announce the 2015 West Nile virus program.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Location: Ojibway Prairie Park parking lot, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor – Outdoors (Ojibway map)
Time: 1:00 p.m.

There will be a larviciding photo opportunity for media.

“West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Each year, we have to prepare and assume that mosquitoes are carrying the West Nile virus. Residents should continue to take the proper precautions to protect themselves from being bitten,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Associate Medical Officer of Health (A), Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Individuals can protect themselves by using mosquito repellents, avoiding outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, and wearing protective clothing.
While part of the West Nile virus strategy involves larviciding in areas where the virus is found, individuals can also make a difference by removing any hazards that could become a reservoir for standing water, such as old tires, upturned wheelbarrows, and unused flower pots. Reducing pools of standing water reduces the places mosquitoes can breed.

For background information visit the Health Unit’s West Nile virus webpage https://www.wechu.org/your-environment/west-nile-virus

Media Contact: 

Name: Mike Janisse
Title: Manager of Communications, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Phone: 519-258-2146 ext.1333
Email: mjanisse@wechu.org