Niagara Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus

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Niagara Region Public Health has confirmed that mosquitoes in Niagara have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). These are the first positive mosquito results in Niagara this year. Although, the mosquitoes were found in Lincoln, all Niagara residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent West Nile Virus.

Residents are reminded to reduce mosquito breeding sites around their home, and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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The most effective ways to protect yourself from possible West Nile Virus infection is to use insect repellent containing DEET, wear light-coloured clothing and long sleeve shirts while outside, and eliminate standing water around the home.

"This certainly isn't an unexpected finding," said Bjorn Christensen, Director of the Environmental Health Division. "We assume that West Nile Virus is here each year, and use our testing to confirm it but it is a timely reminder to all of us to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites."

To date, no birds in the Niagara region have tested positive for West Nile Virus and there have not been any human cases reported to Public Health.

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