West Nile vi­rus de­tec­ted in Ot­ta­wa

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Ot­ta­wa Pu­blic Health (OPH) has confir­med the first confir­med pre­sence of West Nile vi­rus in the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty this year. The vi­rus source is the Nor­thern house mos­qui­to, which thrives in hu­man-in­ha­bi­ted areas. One in­fec­ted mos­qui­to has been confir­med in the ur­ba­ni­zed area of the ci­ty. The OPH sta­ted it will pro­ceed with a “proac­tive plan” to deal with the si­tua­tion through re­gu­lar week­ly mo­ni­to­ring of man-made stan­ding wa­ter sites like ditches and storm wa­ter ma­na­ge­ment ponds on mu­ni­ci­pal land. The OPH will al­so ap­ply a lar­vi­cide in these areas. The bac­te­ria in the bio­lo­gi­cal control me­thod at­tacks mos­qui­to lar­vae but does not harm any­thing else. Ho­meow­ners are ur­ged to make sure to drain any sources of stan­ding wa­ter on their pro­per­ty and take mea­sures to pro­tect them­selves from mos­qui­toes when out­side.– Gregg Chamberlain

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