Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Although there have been no human cases reported in our region, there have been cases in the province.
“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area, even towards the end of the summer.”
The Health Unit would like to remind residents to take precautions against the virus and therefore against mosquitoes by taking the following steps:
Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.
Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.
Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.
Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.
Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
For more information, visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.eohu.ca and click on the Community Health section, or call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.