There is no significant risk of West Nile Virus spreading to the North Hastings Area according to Hastings and Price Edward Public Health.
With an increase in mosquito population because of ongoing rain, mosquitoes in the Belleville area were found carrying the virus.
Senior Public Health Inspector Andrew Landy says the findings come from a tests done across Hastings County.
Landy also says mosquitoes carrying West Nile are unlikely to appear in North Hastings.
The health until reminds you that mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. If you are going outside, wear light-coloured shirts that have long sleeves. Long pants, socks, and hats are also recommended. Bug spray is another thing that can help protect you.
The health unit also reminds you to use gloves is handling a dead animal as it could be carrying West Nile. Dead animals should be buried at least 50 cms, and in an area where it won’t be disturbed.
Landy says the risk of mosquitoes carrying the virus should decline towards the end of August.