Summer is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about West Nile Virus (WNV).
The Health Unit is starting its campaign to educate the public about WNV along with other diseases spread by insects or arthropods, such as Lyme disease and Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEv).
These infections have the potential to make some people very sick. Therefore it is important that people take steps to protect themselves. WNV is a disease that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
Evidence shows that many people infected with West Nile virus have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. However, people with weaker immune systems and people with chronic diseases are at greater risk for serious health effects.
EEEv is also an infection that was detected in Ontario mosquitoes in 2009.
Lyme disease is an infection spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks, which are more commonly found in rural areas.
People can stop mosquitoes from breeding by getting rid of standing water around the home, farm and workplace. Rain creates areas of standing water which are prime breeding spots for mosquitoes.