BREAKING | Mosquitoes in Pelham test positive for West Nile

Niagara Region Public Health has received its first report of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in 2018.

Niagara has no human cases of the virus so far.

While the mosquitoes that tested positive were found in Pelham, all Niagara residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent bites.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and potentially exposed to WNV, residents are reminded to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors.

You are also advised to to use mosquito repellent by applying a product containing DEET or Icaridin, and carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

To avoid mosquitoes on your property you should drain any areas of standing or stagnant water on a regular basis, including bird baths, old tires, pails, toys and wheelbarrows.

Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition

Residents with inquiries about WNV can call 905-688-8248, ext. 7590, or 1-888-505-6074.