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Dead bird reports help track West Nile virus

13/05/24 — Residents are asked to report dead blue jays and crows to the Regional public health department to help it monitor West Nile virus.

While mosquitos are the vectors to humans, the insects pick up the virus from birds, and the ones found dead can be tested.

Traps will also be set to capture mosquitos for testing.

Mosquito breeding areas will be treated with two types of biological control agents: methoprene, a chemical that prevents larval growth and Bti, a bacteria that produces toxins which kill the bugs.

Catch basins and other places where water is allowed to stand will be treated.

Residents with municipal drains on private property can call the public health unit at 905-688-8248 ext. 7335 to arrange treatment.

Only a few people develop minor symptoms after infection, but complications can be serious, including paralysis and death.

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