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The Community Health Representative will be trapping adult mosquitoes and sending
them for testing of the West Nile Virus. The West Nile Virus Surveillance will be done
weekly commencing August 19, 2019 and will run until late Fall.
Preventative Measures: Mosquitoes are often most active at dawn
(first 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.