For the second time in as many weeks, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has announced a mosquito trap has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The trap, located in Mount Brydges was found to contain mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus to people.
Officials say the first trap was located in the Pond Mills in London on August 15th.
“We’ve known for a few weeks that West Nile Virus was present in the community, so these findings are a reminder that while summer is winding down, we still need to take steps to protect ourselves from mosquito bites,” says Jeremy Hogeveen, Vector-Borne Disease Coordinator at the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, the Health Unit recommends wearing light-coloured clothing and using a bug repellant that contains DEET.
Parents of young children can also discourage mosquito bites by placing netting over strollers when out for a walk with their infants.
In addition, to reduce the places where mosquitoes breed and grow remove standing water from common home and yard areas including eaves troughs, flower pots, bird baths and any other objects where standing water can accumulate.
While the majority of people who become infected with West Nile Virus do not get sick, those who do become ill usually experience mild flu-like symptoms; less than one percent of all people who become infected with the virus will get seriously ill.
The Health Unit’s Vector-Borne Disease Team monitors 23 adult mosquito traps located throughout London and Middlesex County each week.
In addition, the Team has conducted weekly checks for mosquito larvae at some 250 standing water sites located on public property since the beginning of May and will continue to do so until the first hard frost of fall.