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2 people test positive for West Nile virus

2 people test positive for West Nile virus

With an upcoming holiday weekend health officials are cautioning people about an increase in West Nile VIrus (WNV) activity in Dane County.

It brings the number of positive tests from mosquitoes in Perth County to six.

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

Around 80 percent of those who are infected with WNV do not get sick.

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

"Everything does clear up, but it's not a fun illness to have". Adults over the age of 50 are most at risk of serious health effects. Spraying is only triggered if additional human cases are confirmed within the same general vicinity as this would give some confidence that the unrelated individuals were infected by mosquitoes in the same area.

"It's important for people to be extra cautious and protect themselves against mosquito bites when outdoors this late in the season".

"Historically, reports of people becoming ill from West Nile virus peak in August and September", said Sarah Mattes of PHMDC. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.

"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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