While today we’re expecting sunshine and a hot high feeling in the mid 30’s with the humidex, this summer’s wet and warm weather has acted like a breeding ground for mosquitos and three traps set up in York Region have found mosquitos that have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).
The traps were set up in Aurora near Yonge Street and Murray Drive, in Markham near McCowan and Hwy. 7, and in Whitchurch-Stouffville close to Main Street and Tenth Line.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, maintains 70 to 80 per cent of people who contract West Nile virus have no symptoms, almost one in five people infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, and most will fully recover.
Fewer than one per cent of people infected develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.
To protect yourself and family from WNV, the region said you should follow these tips:
Get rid of mosquito-friendly areas at home
- Clean up stagnant water found in bird baths, flower pots, swimming pool covers, clogged gutters and eaves troughs
- Ensure the window screens on your home are tight-fitting and in good repair
- Wear protective clothing, including socks, long-sleeved shirts and jacket
- Wear lighter colours if possible as mosquitoes are attracted to darker colour
- Use insect repellent – check label directions for us
- Minimize outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
As part of York Region’s 2017 West Nile virus (WNV) Control Plan, York Region Public Health larvicides catch basins to interrupt mosquito breeding, educates residents on self-protection, investigates human cases and conducts surveillance.
York Region treats catch basins along Regional and municipal roads and other stagnant public water sources, including roadside ditches. Private backyard catch basins are treated upon request.
(yorkregion.com) (pic: aaaai.org)