Regional heath workers report more West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes being found.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON August 17, 2011 Reports of new batch of mosquitoes collected last week have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the 14th batch of mosquitoes collected this year and for the first time positive testing mosquitoes were found in Action.

We are still in a the West Nile Virus season and as the map shown below indicates there are more pools of infected mosquitoes being found. In Burlington the following are locations where mosquitoes were captured:

  • New Street and Guelph Line (4 pools)
  • Upper Middle Road and Walkers Line (2 pools)
  • Lakeshore Road and Appleby
  • Guelph Line and Dundas

Halton health services report that their “surveillance indicates that there is a risk of West Nile virus infection throughout the Region this year and there are still several weeks of summer to go,” said Dr. Bob Nosal, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “It is important that all Halton residents continue to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites throughout the rest of the summer.”

Mosquitoes can transmit WNV to humans after becoming infected by feeding on birds carrying the virus. Older adults and people with underlying illnesses should be particularly cautious as they are more likely to develop the illness. The following are steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their families from

The Regional map showing where mosquitoes were captured is set out below:



Using the appropriate repellent and long sleeve shirts are first line of defense measures you can take. For more on what West Nile Virus is and how it is transmitted please click here. For details on Burlington area infected mosquito locations click here.





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