The city is confirming the earliest case of West Nile Virus mosquitoes found in Hamilton.
Positive traps were located in the Central Mountain area, however, positive mosquitoes have also been confirmed in Niagara, Guelph, Halton and several GTA jurisdictions so mosquitoes carrying WNV are likely across Hamilton.
Over the past five years the first positives have been found in August and September.
Because of the early detection, the city's Associate Medical Officer of Health says the risk for human cases increases, adding it's important to protect you and your family from mosquito bites.
While most people infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms, others including the elderly or those with weakened immune systems may experience West Nile fever or they may develop more severe illness.