Mosquitoes in Perth County Test Positive For WNV

Phillip Cunningham
August 10, 2018

A mosquito trap in Drumbo has tested positive for West Nile virus.

According to an announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, the rates of mosquitoes carrying West Nile have been much higher this year.

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap.

West Nile virus is a viral infection found in birds and carried by mosquitoes which feed upon infected birds.

"We are continuing to monitor and control local mosquito activity", says Diana Duncan, Public Health Inspector at the Brant County Health Unit.

July and August are the times people are most at risk of contracting West Nile virus.

"The elderly and those with certain chronic medical problems, including problems with their immune systems, are more susceptible".

DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active.

Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to continue taking usual precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites, as well as reducing mosquito breeding grounds around properties by eliminating standing water.

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