NEWMARKET – York Region Health Services has begun the 2007 West Nile virus larviciding program. Members of the media are invited to attend and learn more about the larviciding procedure first-hand at a media briefing.
WHAT: Application of larvicide into catch basins and an opportunity to ask questions
WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2007
WHERE: Corner of Raglan Street and Queen Street, Town of Newmarket
(Queen Street runs west off of Bayview Avenue, immediately south of Davis Drive)
• York Region Health Services staff
• The Canadian Centre for Mosquito Management Inc. working crew (Ministry of the Environment licensed applicator)
• Larviciding is a low risk and effective measure for the control of West Nile virus
• Methoprene is the larvicide that is used. The slow-release pellet formulation interferes with the mosquito life cycle, preventing the mosquito larva from reaching maturity. It is not sprayed. The products have been approved by both the provincial and federal governments and are considered low risk for humans, pets and the environment when applied in accordance with label instructions
• Larvicide will be placed into catch basins by the Ministry of the Environment licensed applicator, the Canadian Centre for Mosquito Management Inc. Staff will use scooters in residential areas and vehicles on busier roads to treat the catch basins
• In 2006, there were three human cases, 10 birds and 10 mosquito pools (or batches) that tested positive for the virus in York Region. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care attributed two deaths in the province last year to West Nile virus illness
For more information on West Nile virus or any other health-related topic, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
To review the current status of West Nile virus in Ontario, visit www.health.gov.on.ca
Attachment: See the attached Fact Sheet on the York Region 2007 West Nile virus Control Plan together with simple, common sense precautions that should be taken.
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell 905 716-2717