First positive case of West Nile reported in Waterloo region

Aug 31, 2017, 01:23
First positive case of West Nile reported in Waterloo region

The spray itself is very low in toxicity, according to a news release from the health department, and should not affect or harm local mammals, or even non-target insects.

The Perth District Health Unit says yet another mosquito pool has come back positive for West Nile Virus, this time in Stratford. "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".

The two cases near Guelph were "classic" cases where they experienced a fever and went to see a doctor.

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West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

An adult mosquito is shown in the laboratory at the Middlesex-London Health Unit in Strathroy.

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. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.

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The virus causes flu-like symptoms in humans, but in rare cases, inflammation of the brain and spinal column can cause permanent disability or death.

Officials are waiting on more test results to come back before definitely ruling it West Nile.

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