(WINDSOR, ON) – A mosquito pool in our area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first sign of WNV in Windsor and Essex County this year.
Certain types of mosquitoes spread WNV, a potentially serious infection to humans. To date, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in Windsor or Essex County. However, this first positive mosquito pool of the season is an indicator that the virus is still in our community.
Windsor and Essex County residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes. This is a good reminder for residents to eliminate any standing water and to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.
Individuals can protect themselves from mosquito bites in several ways.
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients when going outdoors. Read and follow the manufacturers’ directions for safe use.
- Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
- Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- 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.
The Health Unit, along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity.
The 2016 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints, and the distribution of educational materials.