Mosquito in Niagara tests positive for West Nile virus


Niagara Region Public Health have received their first confirmation of West Nile Virus in a mosquito in 2020. 

The mosquito that tested positive was found in St. Catharines.

So far, no human cases have been reported in Niagara.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito, Niagara Region Public Health suggest you: 

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors 
  • Whenever you use mosquito repellent, apply a product containing DEET or Icaridin, and carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions
  • Drain any areas of standing or stagnant water on your property 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