West Nile found in local mosquitoes
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.