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West Nile virus found.

A pool of mosquitoes collected Jul. 24 in Brantford has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

It was the first pool of positive mosquitoes found this year according to the Brant County Health Unit in a Jul. 31 press release.

There are no reports of local human cases.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds. The virus is not transmitted from person to person contact.

To reduce the overall mosquito population, the BCHU treats storm sewer catch basins throughout the county with a pesticide that kills mosquito larvae. The BCHU collects data and tests for the virus from mosquitoes weekly throughout city and county.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes:

* Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET. Do not use products with DEET on children under 2 years or pregnant women.

* Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

* Cover up and wear long sleeves, light-coloured clothing and pants with tight woven fabric.

* Avoid having mosquito breeding sites around your home by getting rid of all water filled containers, such as flowerpots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in birdbathsweekly. Drill holes in tire swings and keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not being used.

A West Nile Virus hotline is available for people to call with questions, concerns or to report standing water. Call 519-753-4937 for more information or visit www.bchu.org.

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Date:Aug 16, 2012
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