has begun its annual monitoring program for the presence of West Nile virus in certain species of mosquito that can carry the virus and pass it on to humans or animals through their bite. «West Nile virus is a concern in our area,» stated Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, EOHU chief

Mosquitoes are buzzing around outside now so residents need to be careful to avoid the chance of West Nile virus. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU)


The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reminds residents to take care against West Nile virus if they are outside during the summer. Wear insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away and take care that there are no sources of standing water around the home that can serve as mosquito-breeding sites. —stock photo

medical health officer, «and people should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites when they spend time outdoors.» Homeowners can reduce the spread of West Nile virus by removing all possible sources of standing water around their grounds that can serve as mosquito-breeding sites. That includes regularly changing the water in bird baths and animal water bowls, and in children’s wading pools.

Empty out tires that may contain rainwater and check eavestroughs and flat roofs of buildings for any standing water. Apply a bacterial insecticide to water in drainage ditches to deal with any possible mosquito larvae. Regular yard work like short-cut lawns and trimming of dense shrubbery will help eliminate resting areas for mosquitoes. If the garden has a compost pile, make sure it is turned over on a regular basis.

Anyone with an outdoor pool should make sure the pool water circulation pump is working and the water receives chlorine treatment to make it unsuitable for mosquito habitat. Any wading pools not in use should be emptied out and turned upside down. Anyone who is outdoors for extended periods should wear light-coloured long-slee- ved shirts and pants, along with shoes and socks, and a cap or hat. Use insect repellent. If sleeping outdoors, use mosquito netting. More information is at CONSECRATION OF NEW SAINT-ISIDORE CHURCH

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast (holding shovel) broke the ground in autumn of 2018 for the start of construction of a new church in the Village of Saint-Isidore, to replace the old church that burned down two years before. Now on July 23, 7 p.m., Archbishop Prendergast returns to St- Isidore preside over the dedication and consecration of the new church. —phoio Maude Lévesque Ruan

The weather forecast for the July 11 weekend called for rain but it didn’t stop local volunteers in Alfred-Plantagenet Township from taking advantage of the Saturday morning dry spell to help at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day event at the municipal garage in Plantagenet. Old paint cans, used batteries, old oil and other items were dropped off by residents for transport to an authorized treatment facility for safe disposal. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

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