A pair of mosquito traps in Waterloo Region have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Health officials say the traps are located in Cambridge and Kitchener, and that these are the first positive traps identified this year.
“It’s that time of year where we’ve had warm weather, warm evenings, intermittent rain,” said Brenda Miller, Manager of Health Protection and Investigation with Waterloo Region Public Health. “We know the mosquitos are able to develop a little bit quicker and they’re able to produce the virus within their salivary glands a little bit quicker.”
Miller said it is not uncommon to find traps positive, especially when the conditions are just right. But she said this serves as a good reminder for people to take precaution.
Public Health provided some helpful suggestions, including:
- Wearing light-coloured, tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, pants and a hat.
- Minimizing time spent outdoors during dusk and dawn.
- Applying a repellent containing DEET or icaridin.
- Make sure that house door and window screens fit tightly and have no holes that would allow mosquitoes to enter.
Miller said it’s also a good idea to check around your property for potential breeding grounds and remove standing water.
Officials say there have been no human cases of the virus to date in the Waterloo Region.