More signs of West Nile virus found in Windsor area
There are more local mosquito pools that have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported three additional mosquito traps tested positive last week at different locations of the region.
“These locations are different from the two previously-positive test traps confirmed in mid-August,” said officials with the Environmental Health Department.
The health unit added no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus have been reported at this time.
The virus can seriously infect humans and is carried and spread by certain types of mosquitoes.
“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. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health in Windsor-Essex.
Individuals are asked to use insect repellents that contain DEET, Icaridin or other approved ingredients on clothing and exposed skin to avoid mosquito bites. Other tips include wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors, limiting time outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, ensuring that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
Residents can call 311 or their local by-law enforcement to report standing water in our community.
The health unit, along with each municipality, will continue to monitor WNV activity. The 2019 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials.