West Nile found in lo­cal mos­qui­toes

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMILTON SPEC­TA­TOR

Hamilton Pub­lic Health Ser­vices has re­vised its risk es­ti­mate to mod­er­ate from low for West Nile virus in the city af­ter the first pos­i­tive tests were recorded July 18.

A batch of mos­qui­toes from one of 19 traps was found to con­tain the virus.

The trap with the pos­i­tive re­sult was lo­cated in lower cen­tral Hamilton. No hu­man cases have been re­ported this sum­mer.

In light of the find­ings, the health depart­ment is re­mind­ing peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions against mosquito bites, such as us­ing bug re­pel­lent con­tain­ing DEET and wear­ing light­coloured long pants, and shirts with long sleeves while vis­it­ing ar­eas known to have mos­qui­toes.

As well, res­i­dents should re­move stand­ing wa­ter from their prop­er­ties. The city re­cently com­pleted a first round of lar­vi­cid­ing treat­ments on city street catch basins and a sec­ond round is in progress. Treat­ment of sur­face wa­ters on pub­lic land is also on­go­ing.

In Hal­ton this year, there has been a to­tal of five West Nile virus pos­i­tive mosquito batches, four in Oakville and one in Milton.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on West Nile virus in Hamilton call 905-5462489 dur­ing busi­ness hours, or visit www.hamilton.ca/west­nile.

West Nile was found in lower cen­tral Hamilton.

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