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Mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

Jul 30, 2018
SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites after mosquitoes collected from a trap in Bradford West Gwillimbury tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites after mosquitoes collected from a trap in Bradford West Gwillimbury tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

This is the first lab-confirmed evidence of West Nile virus in Simcoe Muskoka this year.

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by:

  • Using an approved mosquito repellent, following the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Wearing light-coloured clothing and covering up in areas where mosquitoes are active
  • Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dusk and dawn
  • Reducing mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water around your house or cottage.

The health unit is continuing surveillance for WNV in the area as well as throughout Simcoe Muskoka.

For more information visit the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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