West Nile Virus in South Glengarry County
A dead bird found in South Glengarry has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird infected with West Nile found in the five counties of Eastern Ontario this year.
“The Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes and birds for West Nile virus” says Dr. Bourdeau, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area.”
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit would like to remind residents to take precautions against the virus and therefore against mosquitoes by:
- Using federally registered personal insect repellants on exposed skin, such as those containing DEET. A light coating will do. Follow label instructions for proper application.
- Wearing light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.
- Avoiding being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.
- Ensuring that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools, and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.
- Ensuring that screens, windows, and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
To report a dead bird, residents should contact the Health Unit at
613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for the Health Line.