Halton reminds residents to protect themselves from West Nile virus

Halton reminds residents to protect themselves from West Nile virus

Release Date: Sep 1, 2017

In order to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, Halton Region is reminding residents of simple actions they can take to help protect themselves from mosquitoes that could carry the virus. It’s important to protect oneself from West Nile virus until there is a heavy frost, especially since the Halton Region Health Department continues to identify mosquitoes that are positive for West Nile virus in all areas of the region.

“West Nile virus continues to be a concern in communities across Canada, which is why Halton Region continues to monitor and carry out programs to prevent the disease and protect residents against it,” said Dr. Daniela Kempkens, Halton Region Acting Medical Officer of Health. “Working together with the community, there are easy ways we can reduce the occurrence of West Nile virus across the region.”

Residents are encouraged to take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes:

  • Cover up. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants with tightly-woven fabric.
  • Avoid being outdoors from early evening to morning when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite, as well as at any time in shady, wooded areas.
  • Use an approved insect repellent, such as one containing DEET or Icaridin.
  • Make sure your window and door screens are tight and without holes, cuts or other openings.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding sites around your home by getting rid of all water-filled containers and objects. Change the water in bird baths at least once per week.

Halton residents can help reduce breeding grounds for mosquitoes by reducing areas on their property that may hold water, such as bird baths, plant pots, old toys and tires. If residents see standing water on public property, they can report it to Halton Region by emailing accesshalton@halton.ca or calling 311.

As part of its ongoing West Nile prevention program, Halton Region Health Department staff continually monitor areas of standing water, eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites and apply larvicide when mosquito larvae is found during Regional monitoring and surveillance. Information on Halton Region’s West Nile virus surveillance and larviciding program is available at halton.ca/wnv.

To report standing water at public facilities or for more information about West Nile virus, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contact:
Heather Burnett
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7763
1-866-442-5866, ext. 7763
heather.burnett@halton.ca