West Nile Back In London-Middlesex

West Nile is back in London-Middlesex for the summer season.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says two local traps have tested positive for West Nile virus; one in the Sifton Bog and another in south Strathroy.

The results mean the West Nile Virus is present in the area, so public health officials are reminding residents to protect themselves.

The MLHU suggests wearing light coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks in areas where there are mosquitoes, especially at dusk and dawn. Wearing bug spray with DEET and fixing holes in screens, windows and doors can keep mosquitoes away, officials say.

Residents are asked to empty standing water from any receptacles around their home, and to change water in bird baths every second day.

While around 80% of people who are infected with the virus do not fall ill, infection could bring mild flu-like symptoms.