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Peel Confirms First West Nile Virus Positive for Mosquitoes in 2024

Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

The season’s first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes have been identified in Peel region. The mosquitoes were collected from a trap in Brampton near the intersection of Church Street and Centre Street.
Peel Public Health monitors West Nile virus activity through 33 mosquito traps across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Mosquitoes from the traps are collected and tested weekly from mid-June to September. Peel Public Health also helps minimize mosquito populations by treating regional catch basins and other stagnant water sites with a larvicide to help reduce breeding.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease passed to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. Peel Public Health has not confirmed any human cases of West Nile virus to date this year.
Although the risk of acquiring West Nile virus infection is low, Peel Public Health reminds residents there are simple things that you can do to protect against mosquito bites:
NOTE: Infants younger than 6 months old, should not use an insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin. Instead, use a mosquito net when babies are outdoors in a crib or stroller.
  • Wear light-coloured, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing such as long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes, and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Avoid shaded or wooded areas with high mosquito populations and take extra precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Ensure all windows and door screens fit securely and are free of tears and holes.
Peel residents can also help prevent mosquito bites by removing or draining items on their property that hold stagnant water. Water that is stagnant for more than seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes. Report stagnant water sites to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 (toll-free at 905-584-2216 in Caledon) or online.
Residents can visit https://peelregion.ca/health/protecting/bugs/ for information about West Nile Virus or to register to receive email notifications about mosquito activity in Peel Region.

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