West Nile in Haliburton

Area residents are urged to take precautions to protect themselves after West Nile virus was confirmed in Haliburton County.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reports a batch of mosquitoes collected in Haliburton on July 6th have tested positive for the virus.

To reduce risk, residents should  wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, long pants, hats and socks when outside, especially between dusk and dawn and apply insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

Eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing standing water around homes and cottages, such as bird baths, old tires and unused containers like barrels and clear overgrowth of bushes and shrubs.

Also check to ensure window and door screens fit tightly and do not have holes.