Mos­quito tests show West Nile is here

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - KELLY NOSEWORTHY

Pub­lic health of­fi­cials say the West Nile virus is in Hamil­ton.

Tests on mos­qui­toes taken from a trap on Tues­day in the lower central re­gion of the city came back pos­i­tive for the virus.

This is the first pos­i­tive re­sult for Hamil­ton this year. Health of­fi­cials have in­creased the risk from low to mod­er­ate based on the re­sults.

The city has 15 traps that are set weekly and as­sessed fre­quently.

While most peo­ple who are in­fected don’t ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms, oth­ers, in­clud­ing older adults and any­one with a weak im­mune sys­tem, may be more vul­ner­a­ble to fever or may de­velop more se­vere prob­lems. Symp­toms sur­face be­tween two to 14 days af­ter a bite.

Res­i­dents are be­ing re­minded to take pre­cau­tions by us­ing mos­quito re­pel­lent that con­tains DEET, and wear­ing light-coloured long sleeves and pants when in wooded ar­eas, the gar­den or on the golf course, es­pe­cially at dawn or dusk when the in­sect is more ac­tive. Home own­ers are also be­ing asked to re­move stand­ing wa­ter weekly.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hamil­ton.ca/west­nile or call the West Nile virus line at 905-546-3575.

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

Pub­lic health of­fi­cials are re­mind­ing res­i­dents to take pre­cau­tions.

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