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West Nile Virus Awareness

The following message has been provided thanks to the folks at Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit

This summer, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is reminding local residents to take precautions against West Nile virus in their community. West Nile virus first appeared in Ontario in 2001, and is mainly transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes.  

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito do not show any symptoms of West Nile virus. However, in a few cases, people who do get sick from West Nile virus can develop serious illness that can even be fatal. Some individuals are at greater risk of suffering health problems from West Nile virus, including older adults and people with weaker immune systems.

There is no good reason to be bitten by a mosquito at any time, but particularly during the summer and fall when the risk of West Nile virus is in the air. That is why the Health Unit encourages people to fight the bite of mosquitoes by ‘covering up’ when outside and ‘cleaning up’ around their properties to reduce mosquito breeding areas.


We would encourage you to share the fight the bite message with your cottage association members. Below is a link to the Health Unit’s website that includes a variety of information and resources on preventing West Nile virus:

Prevent West Nile Virus: Fight the Bite