West Nile Virus confirmed in Parma resident

West Nile Virus confirmed in Parma resident

Joe Lynch, program manager for vector control and nuisances for the county board of health, said he couldn't release more details on the affected individual.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says two people in their area, which includes the City of Guelph as well as Wellington and Dufferin counties, have tested positive for the disease. Lab tests have confirmed mosquitoes collected from three pools in Waterloo region and three in Guelph have tested positive for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The individual may have been bitten in another location, so the is conducting additional trapping to help determine if infected mosquitoes are in the area.

Lynch said there have been cases of infected mosquitos on the west, east and south sides of town.

Most persons who become infected with the virus will not become ill.

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Officials say people need to take precautions against mosquito bites, with the long Labor Day weekend coming up.

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

There have been 24 reported human cases of West Nile Virus that were either confirmed or probable, according to Public Health Ontario's website.

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