News Releases

Public Notice: Senior's Centre is Seeking Input

The Township is seeking your input on the Golden Age Active Centre. Note the dates, spread the wor...

Final Gobles Road Bridge Update

Gobles Road Bridge Update: Construction is just about complete!

Holiday Public Skating Schedule

Join us at the Plattsville Arena for Holiday Public Skating. Free thanks to our sponsors.

Important Notice: Online & Telephone Bill Payments to the Township

Changes may need to be made to the account number you are paying for online or telephone banking pa...

Winter Parking Reminder

Parking is restricted in Blandford-Blenheim Villages to help with Winter Maintenance.

West Nile Virus has been Detected in Drumbo

Southwestern Public Health is alerting the public that a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus for the second time in as many weeks.

A mosquito trap in Drumbo has tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance. This follows last week’s announcement of a positive test result in Woodstock. Throughout the summer months, Public Health traps and tests mosquito pools across Oxford County on a weekly basis. With a second positive result for the virus, residents should make sure they use the following strategies to avoid West Nile virus.

COVER UP: • Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants, especially in mosquito-prone areas. • Wear a bug repellent containing DEET.

CLEAN UP: • Regularly clean and empty water holding containers like bird baths, wading pools, pet water dishes and children’s toys, which could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. • Ensure rain barrels are covered with a fine screen and tightly sealed around the downspout. • Clear your yard of old tires, empty flower pots, buckets and any other debris where water collects. • Keep grass mowed and bushes trimmed in high use areas. • Make sure your doors and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes.

There was one human case of West Nile virus in Oxford County in 2017. Prior to last year, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with WNV have no symptoms at all or have a mild illness such as fever, headache, muscle weakness, and body aches.

A few people will experience a more severe form of West Nile virus, called encephalitis (swelling of the brain), which may lead to a sudden and severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, and disorientation. Seniors, immunocompromised people, and young children are at greatest risk for health complications.

Township Staff