Two people test positive for West Nile virus in Guelph

A Parma resident has tested positive for West Nile virus, the state health department said.

The mosquitos were trapped on Sunday, according to a news release from the Ledge Light Health District.

While the Guelph cases were the first among humans this year, three mosquito pools in Guelph tested positive and a bird was confirmed to have the virus in July.

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WNV is transmitted through mosquito bites. "The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes".

To protect yourself from West Nile virus, officials recommend wearing light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

Last year, there were five human cases of West Nile virus in the county, Lynch said.

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Zentner said people should be extra cautious at this time of year, because a recent report out of Brock University looking at West Nile virus in the province over a 12-year period found this is the time of year many cases get reported. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma.

"We had a warm winter, we've had a cool, wet summer, and all that contributes to the possible- kind of ideal storm for West Nile virus in southern Ontario this year".

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