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West Nile virus

More mosquitoes in southwestern Ontario are testing positive for West Nile virus: take steps now to protect yourself and your family.

Prevent mosquito bites by following the 'four Ds'

Dusk/dawn - Protect yourself during the hours of dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Dress - Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially in mosquito-prone areas.

DEET - Wear bug repellent containing at least a 20% concentration of DEET. More tips.

Drain - Empty all standing water. Areas where water can pool (wheel barrows, kids’ pools, bird baths, flower pots, etc.) are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Clear leaves from your lawn and eavestrough and check your door and window screens for holes. More tips.


Larvicide program

Between June 1 and September 1, 2017, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services may be conducting a larviciding program when a risk area has been identified through mosquito surveillance. The progarm is conducted to control larval mosquitos and their development into vecors of the West Nile Virus. Read more.


About West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus that was first isolated in the West Nile region of Uganda in 1937. It was first identified in North America in 1999. About WNV in Oxford County 

For more information call the West Nile virus info line: 519-421-9901 | 1-800-922-0096