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West Nile Season: Summer
They're out there. — Those pesky mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

Yes, the first dead crow in the GTA testing positive for West Nile has come from Markham in York Region, and it likely won't be long until Peel has its first case.

So now is the time to ensure that mosquitoes can't breed in your backyard, and to take precautions to ensure you don't get bitten.

It's hard for many of us to change our thinking about mosquitoes. For most of our lives they've just been an irritating — but harmless — price we pay for outdoor activities.

But not anymore. Ever since West Nile Virus was reported in North America in 1999, the disease has been making people sick and sometimes permanently affected.

West Nile Virus is a vector-borne virus that can in rare cases cause serious illness. The risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of infection with West Nile is low and most people who become infected experience - no symptoms or have very mild illness. But those with compromised or fragile health HAVE died from it; and those in the peak of health have had to endure long recovery times.

Prevention and protection are the best ways to protect yourself and your family from WNV. There are simple and common sense precautions that should be taken.

Minimize outdoor activities where and when mosquitoes are most active, such as dusk, night and dawn. Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, trousers, socks, light coloured clothing and tuck pant legs into socks when possible. Use an insect repellent, as directed and make sure screens on your home are tight-fitting and in good repair.
 
 

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