West Nile outbreak strategy uses pesticides

The CBC has obtained a copy of the Ontario government's strategy against the West Nile virus.

It sanctions wide-spread pesticide spraying should an outbreak occur. The pesticides target mosquitos, which are responsible for spreading the virus.

The Ontario government strategy was issued by the Ministry of Health and Long Term care. It says adulticides, pesticides that target adult mosquitos, could be recommended, even though there are few studies that prove the pesticides would lead to fewer cases of west Nile Virus.