Peel Health Department has launched its West Nile Virus Prevention Program which includes monitoring and testing mosquito batches in neighbourhoods across Peel. WNV is transferred to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and can be a serious illness if contracted.
Peel Health is asking residents to:
– avoid mosquito bites
– help reduce stagnant water
– register for WNV activity email notifications at peel-bugbite.ca
In 2013, there were 51 positive mosquito batches found and five confirmed or probable human cases reported in Peel.
Peel Region Health Department suggests residents follow these recommendations:
– avoid areas with high mosquito population and especially avoid and take precaution at dawn and dusk when mosquito activity is the hightest
– wear light coloured clothing that coveres exposed skin, such as long sleeves, pants and a hat
– use insect repellent and follow manufacturer's instructions
-remove items around your property that can hold stagnant water.
Report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or online at peel-bugbite.ca