Canada Residents Reminded About West Nile Virus Threat

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Residents are being reminded to take precautions against the threat of West Nile Virus (WNV).

“Typically, late summer is the period of highest risk for WNV infection,” said David Young, Manager, Environmental Health. “Four birds have tested positive for the disease so far this year and this serves as a reminder for residents to take precautions to avoid and reduce the potential for mosquito bites.”

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and potentially exposed to WNV, residents are reminded to:

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* Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors in the evening or early morning.

* Whenever you use mosquito repellent, apply a product containing DEET, and carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

* The concentration of DEET should be no more than 30 percent for adults, and no more than 10 percent for children.

* Repellent containing DEET should not be used on children under six months of age. It should be applied to children between six months and two years of age only in situations where there is a high risk of complications from insect bites, and then only once per day. Children two to 12 years of age should not apply DEET more than three times per day.

Additionally, residents are reminded to drain areas of standing or stagnant water on their property on a regular basis, including bird baths, old tires, pails, toys and wheelbarrows. Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition.

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