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Two potential human cases of West Nile under investigation

31 August 2017, 01:24 | Violet Powell

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

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

A single human case at one location may not be the result of infected mosquitoes in that specific area. Lab tests have confirmed mosquitoes collected from three pools in Waterloo region and three in Guelph have tested positive for West Nile virus.

WNV is transmitted through mosquito bites.

"Buffalo County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", Loeffler said.




Since the home addresses of the two residents diagnosed with West Nile Fever are not near each other, mosquito control spraying will not be immediately scheduled.

Health officials say the infection rate is moderate this year.

Most people infected don't get sick, and those who do usually experience mild symptoms.

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

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



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