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Health Unit reminding residents to dump standing water

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Summer is here, and residents in Renfrew County are reminded that standing water can pose a health risk.

The Renfrew County District Health Unit is urging residents to dump standing water, as it could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The Health Unit says standing water should be removed at least once a week.

Aside from limiting the number of mosquitoes annoying you outside, getting rid of standing water also decreases the chances of getting West Nile Virus. The disease was detected in the County in 2017, and the Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since 2005. They say while most people who get bitten by an infected mosquito don’t get sick, vulnerable people can have flu-like symptoms and complications.

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