Vaughan mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

The Regional Municipality of York monitors West Nile virus activity by setting mosquito traps and testing for West Nile Virus (WNV.  One mosquito trap in the City of Vaughan, located at Weston Road and Rutherford Road, has tested positive for WNV.

To protect yourself and family from WNV, follow these simple steps:

Get rid of mosquito-friendly areas at home

  • Clean up stagnant water found in birdbaths, flowerpots, swimming pool covers and clogged eavestroughs
  • Ensure the window screens on your home are tight-fitting and in good repair

Cover up while outside

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin – check label directions for use
  • Wear protective clothing, including socks, long-sleeved shirts and jackets
  • Dress with lighter colours if possible as mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours
  • Minimize outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active

York Region Public Health uses larvicides in catch basins to control mosquito breeding along Regional and municipal roads and other stagnant public water sources, including roadside ditches. Private backyard catch basins are treated upon request.

Watch the Fight the Bite video to learn more about symptoms and how to protect yourself from WNV.

For more information on West Nile virus, contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-512-6228 or visit

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