The health unit works to protect the health of northwestern Ontario residents by monitoring potential health risks. To track West Nile virus (WNV) risk, the health unit does weekly mosquito trapping across the region.
Last year, 73 samples from 11 different trap sites were sent to a lab for mosquito identification and testing. Only certain kinds of mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Of the 6126 mosquitoes trapped, the majority (72%) were not the type of mosquito that can spread West Nile virus. Last year, there were no positive human cases of WNV reported in our region and none of the mosquito pools sent for analysis tested positive for WNV.