The Peel area reports that a West Nile virus positive mosquito pool was discovered in Brampton in the week of August 16-22, 2020.
Four positive pools were also discovered in Mississauga.
The region says no human cases of the virus have been reported.
According to the region, the program to monitor mosquitoes in adults began on July 2, 2020. The program will collect mosquitoes from adults from mosquito traps at 33 fixed locations across the Peel region on a weekly basis.
So far, 669 batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus and 16.
This week the positive batches were collected in the area:
* Chinguacousy Road and Williams Parkway (Station 5)
Burnhamthorpe Road East and Rathburn Road East (District 3)
Dixie Road and Dundas Street East (Station 3)
Derry Road East and Airport Road (Station 5)
Eglinton Avenue West and Ninth Line (Ward 10)
The region announces that its larvicidal program, which uses environmentally friendly products to reduce mosquito larvae in stagnant water, started on June 8, 2020 and will continue through September 30, 2020.
The region says larvicidation of catch basins in the green spaces of parks, peel living locations, and regional facilities is still ongoing. Treatment of surface water on public land is also ongoing.
What residents can do to reduce the risk of contracting the virus is important, according to the region, to remove stagnant water on their property and empty or dispose of containers such as old tires, wheelbarrows, barrels, buckets and toys, and recycling bins.
Residents should also turn over wading pools, remove water that builds up on pool covers, and make sure pool water is circulating.
Residents can also protect themselves from bites by avoiding areas with high numbers of mosquitos, wearing a hat and light-colored clothing that covers arms, legs, and feet – especially at dusk and dawn – and using insect repellants.
Nine cases of West Nile disease in humans have been reported (confirmed or likely) in Ontario.