West Nile virus testing underway

BROCKVILLE – Health officials have started checking mosquito pools across Leeds-Grenville and Lanark for any signs of West Nile virus.

The mosquito surveillance program started the last week of June and will continue until the end of September.

Health unit officials have set out mosquito traps and are asking you not to touch them.

Leeds-Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit spokesman Susan Healey suggests ways property owners can limit the spread of West Nile virus, include removing standing water on your property and making sure to wear bug repellent when outdoors.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus or positive pools of mosquitoes in the last two years, according to Senior Public Health Inspector Kim McCann.

If you contract WNV, the symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and a mild rash in some people.

It’s especially dangerous to the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, where it can cause brain injury or death.