The first human case of West Nile virus in Brantford this year had been confirmed by the Brant County Health Unit.
The BCHU is warning residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
“August and September are the months we are most likely to see West Nile virus activity in mosquitos,” said Dr. Malcom Lock, medical officer of health for the BCHU. “Human cases are most likely to occur during these months. The risk of anyone having serious illness is low, however prevention is key and people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
The BCHU recommends residents protect themselves from mosquitoes using the following methods:
• Using approved insect repellent containing DEET. DEET products should not be used on children under two years old or pregnant women.
• Avoid shady, wooded areas, and being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Cover up with light-coloured, tightly woven clothing, long sleeves and long pants.
• Get rid of all water-filled containers such as flowerpots, buckets and barrels, which act as breeding sites for mosquitoes. Change the water in pet dishes and replace water in birdbaths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out and keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.
Call 519-753-4937 ext. 444 to report standing water, or for more information on West Nile virus.