Mosquitoes in Niagara, Ontario test positive for West Nile Virus

A News Advisory from Niagara Region’s Public Health Department

Posted August 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region Public Health is informing residents that Niagara has received its first confirmation of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. To date, in the Niagara region no human cases have been reported to Public Health.

While the mosquitoes that tested positive were found in St. Catharines and Pelham, all Niagara residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent West Nile Virus. To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and potentially exposed to West Nile Virus, residents are reminded to:​

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors
  • When using mosquito repellent, apply a product containing DEET or Icaridin, and carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions
  • Drain any areas of standing or stagnant water on your property on a regular basis, including bird baths, old tires, pails, toys and wheelbarrows
  • Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition

Residents with inquiries about West Nile Virus can call 905-688-8248, ext. 7590, or 1-888-505-6074. Further information about West Nile Virus and updates can be found online at

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One response to “Mosquitoes in Niagara, Ontario test positive for West Nile Virus

  1. So, Helen Chang of GR(CAN) Investment Group, tell me again how you plan to build on a Provincially Significant Wetland in Thundering Waters forest, an area notorious for huge numbers of mosquitoes and ticks that can potentially carry West Nile and Lyme, without the intensive and pervasive use of pesticides (particularly neonicotinoids). I invite you to spend 24 hours in that forest without the use of deet and then come out and tell me how you intend to make life even remotely comfortable, let alone safe, in “Paradise” for the residents, guests, students and employees you intend to attract.


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