Mosquitoes Infected with West Nile Virus Found in Mississauga

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If you needed even more of a reason to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes this summer, you've got one.

A news release from the Region of Peel's public health unit says several mosquitoes caught in a trap in Mississauga have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to CP24.

The trap, which caught the mosquitoes earlier this week, is located in the area of Derry Road and Goreway Drive. It is one of the 31 mosquito traps that are maintained throughout the Peel Region during the summer.

West Nile virus, which can be spread to humans or animals through mosquito bites, includes symptoms such as fever, headache, and rashes. They usually start appearing two days to two weeks after the bite.

While no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Ontario this summer, it's still recommended you take steps to avoid mosquito bites. Residents are advised to wear insect repellant and remove any stagnant pools of water on their properties, as they can easily attract pesky mosquitoes.

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