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West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus that is primarily spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.
West Nile virus can cause severe illness, although the risk of becoming seriously ill because of infection is low. Most people who become infected experience no symptoms or very mild illness.
York Region Community and Health Services has developed a Control Plan to prevent and control West Nile virus in York Region. The Plan includes public education, mosquito control, and mosquito and human surveillance activities.
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Report Standing Water
Standing water with a high organic level that stays for longer than seven days is an ideal breeding site for mosquitoes, especially between early June and the end of August. By eliminating or treating standing water you can reduce the mosquito population in your neighbourhood and reduce your risk of West Nile Virus infection. For more information on how to remove mosquito breeding sites around your home or to report standing water in your community, contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.
Fight the Bite!
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Vector-Borne Disease Program 2012/2013 Annual Update
Vector-Borne Disease Program 2011/2012 Annual Update
NOTICE OF PESTICIDE USE - York Region West Nile virus Mosquito Control Program:
From May 13, 2013 to October 4, 2013, the Regional Municipality of York in conjunction with the York Region District School Board and York Catholic District School Board will be conducting a larvicide program under the authority of the Medical Officer of Health. The purpose of the program is to control larval mosquitoes to prevent their development into carriers of West Nile virus.
For more information on West Nile virus or to report stagnant water please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 to speak to a Public Health Inspector.