West Nile Virus found in Petrolia trap


There is evidence of West Nile virus in Petrolia.

Lambton Public Health says a mosquito with the virus was found in surveillance trap in the town Aug. 19.

It’s the second positive West Nile Virus test in Lambton this year – the other was in Oil Springs.

Mosquitoes can pass West Nile onto humans but usually the symptoms are mild. In some cases, however, West Nile Virus can lead to long-term health problems.

Public health recommends to avoid being bitten you empty objects holding standing water on your property to reduce the breeding of mosquitoes. Officials also recommend using a bug repellent with DEET, wear light clothing and to stay inside when mosquitoes are active in the evening.