West Nile Positive Mosquitoes Found in Peel
Now that West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found, you might want to take certain steps to protect yourself.
Here are some tips you can follow to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, courtesy of the Region of Peel:
- Remove items that collect water.
- Turn over old tires or wheelbarrows; empty out pails and plastic wading pools; change the water in birdbaths often.
- Report standing water if present longer than a week on public property at peelregion.ca/health/vbd/rep-stwater or by calling Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700.
It’s true that West Nile became established across much of North America in the late 1990s and public health units, including Region of Peel - Public Health, run annual programs to help monitor and control the population of mosquitos that carry the virus.
Although many people show no symptoms, those who do might experience fever, headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting and a rash on their chest, stomach or back. Some people experience more serious symptons, including high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, confusion, tremors, numbness and sudden sensitivity to light.
If you have bitten by a mosquito and feel ill, contact your doctor.
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