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For more information, contact Laura-Lee Kelly at 905-768-0141, ext. 241 or email lauralee.kelly@mncfn.ca
The purpose of a Surveillance Program is to determine if West Nile Virus has entered the mosquito population, what kinds of mosquitoes are present and the abundant of mosquitoes that are in the community. Birds are highly susceptible to West Nile Virus. Dead crows, Jays, Magpies and Ravens can be collected and sent for testing.
Preventative Measures: Mosquitoes are often most active at dawn
(fi rst light) and dusk (just before dark).
• Cover any exposed skin when you are outside, wear: long pants, socks, hat and long sleeved shirts, and light colour clothing.
• Use of insect repellent when outside (bug sprays and lotions) that contain Deet or lcaridin (do not use either on infants or children under the age of 6 months.)
• Depending on your age: Deet 30% in adults and children 12 years +; Deet aged 2 – 12 yrs., 10% up to three times a day; Infants 6 months – 2 years – 10% only once per day.
• When outdoors, place mosquito netting over strollers and playpens.
Reduce mosquito habitats near your home: (mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water)
• Drain any standing water in old tires, rain barrels, children’s toys, flower pots, wading pools, and bird baths.
• Clean eavestroughs.
• Store canoes or wheelbarrows upside down.
• Replace water in outdoor pet dishes daily.
• Repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus in humans can include:
• Very bad headache, bad fever, sore neck, throwing up, muscle weakness, and blurred vision.
• Seek medical attention from your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms or suspect you have contracted the West Nile Virus.