Increased risk for West Nile Virus locally

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

A batch of mosquitoes recently trapped in Hamilton have tested positive for the West Nile Virus – the first positive cases of the year.

For more details, please continue reading below…

With the recent finding that the mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health moved the West Nile Virus risk from low to moderate.

Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites and to remove standing water from private property to prevent mosquito breeding. 

The City of Hamilton continually assesses the risk for human illness as part of a comprehensive West Nile Virus surveillance and prevention program. The City has recently completed a second round of larviciding treatments on city street catch basins, in addition to ongoing treatment of surface waters on public land.

While approximately four-out-of-five people infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms, others including older adults or those with weakened immune systems may experience West Nile fever (~20 per cent) or they may develop more severe illness including inflammation of the brain or the lining of the brain (~1 per cent). For any infection, if symptoms do occur, they appear two to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. 

Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes:

  • ¬†Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
  • Use a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are known to be present or cover up by wearing light coloured long sleeves and long pants when in mosquito areas such as wooded areas, on the golf course, or in the garden, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water at least weekly from your property.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office  here.

Councillor John-Paul Danko