In its ongoing commitment to community safety, the Regional Municipality of York monitors West Nile virus activity by setting mosquito traps, and testing for West Nile Virus (WNV).
Recently, a trap in the City of Vaughan, located at Weston Road and Rutherford Road, has tested positive for WNV. As part of York Region’s 2019 West Nile Control Plan, York Region Public Health educates residents on self-protection, and risk surveillance.
The chance of coming into contact with WNV is rare, but to protect yourself and your family, follow these simple steps:
- Remove stagnant water found in bird baths, flower pots, swimming pool covers and eavestroughs
- Ensure window screens on your home are tight-fitting and in good repair
- Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin when outdoors; check label directions for use
- Minimize outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; wear light-coloured protective clothing when outdoors
- Watch York Region’s Fight the Bite video to better understand WNV
- Review the current status of WNV in Ontario on the Public Health Ontario website
Any questions or concerns may be directed to the York Region Health Connection
specialist team at: 1-800-361-5653 [TTY 1-866-512-6228] or at york.ca/westnile
Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy School Year!