West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in Milton

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Published August 19, 2022 at 10:06 am

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The West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Halton again on a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Milton.

Earlier this month, the virus was detected in the region for the first time this summer on a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Oakville.

According to regional data, this is the fourth batch of WNV-positive mosquitoes in Halton this year.

As a result, Halton and Milton residents may want to think about taking some extra precautions.

The West Nile virus (WNV) is carried by mosquitos who become infected after feeding on an infected bird.

While some experience symptoms two to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, four out of five people do not show any symptoms at all, according to the Government of Ontario’s website.

The most common symptoms of WNV include fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting and a rash on the chest, stomach or back. Serious symptoms include a high fever, severe headaches, muscle weakness, a stiff neck, confusion, tremors, numbness and a sudden sensitivity to light.

So, how exactly can Milton and Halton residents protect themselves from getting bitten by mosquitos this summer?

It is recommended that residents cover up when going outside between the hours of dusk and dawn by wearing a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and socks.

Additionally, residents may use insect repellant containing DEET or icaridin to avoid getting mosquito bites.

It’s also important to remember to get rid of standing water around your home where mosquitoes could lay their eggs, keep bushes and shrubs clear of overgrowth and debris and turn your compost pile often.

For more information on the West Nile virus, click here.

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