Oxford County public health find second pool of mosquitoes with West Nile virus in Norwich

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West Nile virus in a second local mosquito pool in Oxford County.

A mosquito trap in Norwich tested positive for the virus, which was the same location as an earlier mosquito pool that also tested positive, and this was the first positive test in Oxford County since 2012.

Public health has now concluded its weekly surveillance of the adult mosquito population for 2016.

Although the risk of acquiring West Nile virus will decrease as temperatures decline into the fall season, public health is continuing to remind residents to wear light-coloured, long sleeved shirts and pants when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn), avoid using scented products that attract mosquitoes and use bug spray with 30 per cent DEET if you are an adult, or a specially formulated DEET product for children according to age.

Public health also urge reducing mosquito breeding grounds around the home to prevent bites, such as not allowing outside water to stand for more than seven days, removing or draining standing water from anywhere it can gather and cover rainwater barrels with mesh or screen and make sure the barrel can drain so water doesn’t collect.

Oxford County public health undertakes a mosquito surveillance program each summer that includes trapping mosquitoes and testing them for West Nile virus.

 

 

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