Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Toronto
Risk remains low
Mosquitoes in Toronto tested positive for West Nile Virus, the city's public health agency has found.
This is the first positive test for West Nile in Toronto this year, however no human cases of the virus have been reported
Toronto Public Health has 43 mosquito traps throughout the city and tests mosquitoes every week. The city also uses larvicide in areas with standing water to reduce breeding.
"The positive test result is a good reminder for the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water from property where mosquitoes can breed," said Elaine Pacheco of Toronto Public Health.
Although the risk of becoming infected is low, Toronto Public Health is urging people to wear light coloured clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and a hat, to use mosquito repellent, to avoid areas with large numbers of mosquitoes — especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active — and to make sure homes have tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
With files from The Canadian Press