On Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) confirmed mosquitoes, collected in Lindsay, were positive for the virus.
Also, on Friday, Aug. 26th, the Durham Region Health Department announced they had found positive notifications of West Nile virus in mosquitoes, collected in Oshawa and Scugog.
"With more positive mosquito results now occurring throughout Durham Region, it's important for area residents to take the necessary precautions, to avoid mosquito bites and remove standing water from their properties," said Ross MacEachern, Manager, Environmental Health, of the Health Department.
Durham Region Health has some tips on how to limit the risk of exposure to the virus, including wearing shoes, socks and light-coloured clothing, long sleeve tops and full-length pants. When outside, use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin, remove all standing water and ensure window and door screens are in good repair.
According to the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit, as of Saturday, Aug. 20th West Nile virus has been detected in 94 batches of mosquitoes collected across the province. Also, to date in 2016, only one human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Ontario.
For more information on the virus, call HKPR at 1-866-888-4577 or Durham Health at 905-723-3818.