Mosquitoes in Collingwood have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says mosquitoes found in one of the town’s traps tested positive for the virus. It’s the first lab confirmed evidence of West Nile in Simcoe County this year.
While they say most people will not become sick if bitten by an infected mosquito, the virus can cause severe illness in some people.
The health unit has released this list of protection measures:
- Use an approved mosquito repellent, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wear light-coloured clothing and cover up in areas where mosquitoes are present.
- Try to stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (at dusk and dawn).
- Remove standing water around your house or cottage.
The health unit says it will continue its surveillance for the virus in the area as well as throughout Simcoe Muskoka. For more information visit the health unit website.