News Release: West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pools Found
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, July 27, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County
Routine monitoring for West Nile Virus (WNV) has identified two positive mosquito pools in our community. This is the first confirmed sign of WNV in Windsor and Essex County (WEC) this year.
Certain types of mosquitoes spread WNV, a potentially serious infection to humans. So far in 2020, no human cases of WNV have been identified in WEC. However, these positive mosquito pools are an indicator that the virus continues to exist in our community.
“Windsor and Essex County residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes. This is a good reminder for everyone to remove any standing water and to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites,” said Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. Here are some simple tips to help protect individuals from mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET, Icaridin, or other approved ingredients on clothing as well as exposed skin. Always read and follow label directions.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.
- Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Remove any standing water in places such as bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters around your property.
- Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
Call 311 or your local by-law enforcement for standing water observed in your community.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for WNV activity. The 2020 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials. For more information on WNV, please visit the WECHU's WNV page.