Peel public health officials are telling people to break out the deet, saying two batches of mosquitoes in Mississauga tested positive for the West Nile virus.
Officials say one batch was found around Hurontario Street and Burnhamthorpe Road East and the other near near Dixie Road and Dundas Street East. They’re the first of the season to test positive for the virus.
Paul Callanan, Director of Environmental Health at the Region of Peel, said in a statement, “We encourage residents to keep using personal protection measures and remove stagnant water mosquito breeding areas so they can continue to have a safe and healthy summer.”
The virus spreads by mosquito’s that have fed on infected birds.
There have been no confirmed human cases of WNV this season in Peel region, but there have been 5 positive mosquito batches to date: three in Windsor Essex, one in Haliburton-Kawartha -Pine Ridge District and one in Hasting Prince Edward Counties.
They’re releasing the following tips on how to avoid contracting it:
– avoid areas with high mosquito populations
– wear light-coloured clothing, including long sleeves, pants and a hat, to cover exposed skin, even in their own backyards
– use an insect repellent and apply it according to the manufacturer’s directions.
– drain any areas of standing water on their property. Remove old tires, turn over pails, toys and wheelbarrows, frequently change the water in birdbaths, and keep eaves-troughs clear
– take extra precaution from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is higher. If possible, stay indoors