As of August 21st, 2017, the Medical Officer of Health has set the risk of West Nile virus in Hamilton to high. The high risk level means that West Nile virus is circulating in the mosquito population in Ontario and the likelihood of being bitten by an infected mosquito is higher now than earlier in the season.
Protect yourself from being bitten
- Avoid mosquito-infested areas including places with tall grass and bushes
- Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or Icaridin (formerly known as “picaridin”) for your family members that are older than six months of age
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats, socks and shoes; tuck your pants into socks
- Avoid cologne, perfume and scented body lotion when going outdoors
- Repair damaged doors and window screens so mosquitoes cannot get inside
- Avoid spending time outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active