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Mississauga mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

A mosquito trap in Mississauga has tested positive for West Nile virus. Officials warn residents to take extra precaution while outdoors.

Public health officials warn residents to take extra precaution

Mississauga residents might want to load up on the bug spray this summer.

Peel Region public health officials say that mosquitoes captured in a Mississauga trap this week tested positive for West Nile virus.

The sample of mosquitoes was taken in the Derry Road and Goreway Drive area. Out of the 31 traps set up across the region, this batch is Peel's first positive test result for the virus this year.

Officials say that residents should take extra precaution because the recent heat wave has caused mosquito activity to increase.

Residents can protect themselves by removing standing water from their yards, wearing light coloured clothing and using bug repellant that's made with DEET, said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel's associate medical officer of health.

The virus is spread to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes. Those who've been infected often experience flu-like symptoms such as a fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Health officials say there have been no confirmed human cases in Ontario so far this year.

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