Another Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Jeannette Daniel
August 31, 2017

Groton - Health officials said Wednesday that mosquitoes trapped in Groton have tested positive for West Nile virus, which they said is typical during summer months but should remind area residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Mosquito pools in Waterloo Region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Huron-Perth and Grey-Bruce have all tested positive for the virus this year. Are there infected mosquitos flying around? 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.

In a release, Shawn Zentner, Health Protection Manager at WDG Public Health says, "There is reason to be concerned that West Nile virus could be more prevalent in the coming weeks".

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

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"Historically, reports of people becoming ill from West Nile virus peak in August and September", said Sarah Mattes of PHMDC.

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

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

It is not uncommon for this part of southern Ontario to see a low number of human cases of the disease per year.

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