West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease

West Nile Virus (WNV)

Humans can become infected if they are bitten by an infected mosquito which carries the virus. It is important to remember that not all mosquitoes are infected, but you should still protect yourself by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors in the evening or early morning, and using an insect repellent that contains DEET.

Lyme Disease

Is a disease spread by infected blacklegged ticks. With warmer and changing climates, it is being observed that the blacklegged tick is populating other areas of Ontario that it never before did. Refer to the Lyme Disease Risk Area map to see risk areas in Ontario. It is recommended that individuals thoroughly check themselves and animals after visiting any of the above parks or wild areas in Ontario.

For more information related to the virus, symptoms, and surveillance programs for WNV and Lyme Disease, visit the Halton Region Health Department website. You can also call 311, or toll free at 1-866-442-5866 or TTY at 905-827-9833; or email accesshalton@halton.ca.

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