Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus and the Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Because both viruses are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Eastern Ontario Health is advising everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites.
The Eastern equine encephalitis virus is normally found in wild birds and can occasionally spread to horses and humans through mosquitoes. “Although there has never been a reported human case of Eastern equine encephalitis in Ontario, it is a very serious disease in all ages and can even cause death. For this reason, we urge all residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” explains Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.
While there have been no human cases of West Nile virus reported in our area, some cases have been reported in the province.
Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.
Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.
Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.
Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.
Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.