West Nile Still A Threat

Despite an expected decrease in the mosquito population this year, officials at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit are still expecting the West Nile Virus to surface in the area.

The health unit tests mosquito pools weekly in the area, but none have yet to test positive for the West Nile Virus.

“The warmer it is, the more mosquitoes there are and the cooler it is, the less active they are. There probably will be a little less mosquitoes out there this year, but we won’t know until the end of the year. Weather-wise, there probably will be an impact on the mosquito population,” says Environmental Program Director at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Rose-Marie Arndt. “Even though there may be less mosquitoes out there it’s still important to remember that we have to protect ourselves and remove standing water that will allow mosquitoes to breed.”

The first case of west nile was discovered this week north of Toronto. Officials say it is typical for cases to start surfacing in August and September.