Mosquito tests show West Nile is here
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.
Public health officials are reminding residents to take precautions.