West Nile virus season is underway. Here’s how a Waterloo region public health official suggests you stay safe – CBC

9 Ontario mosquito pools were confirmed to have the virus this summer, 7 still test positive.

Jul 30, 2023

It’s West Nile virus season and while Waterloo region has not seen any pools of water test positive for it, officials say people should still do what they can to avoid mosquito bites.

Marla Rocca is the region’s manager of health protection and investigation and said that despite not having any positive pools this year, “we have had positive mosquito pools in the past.”

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito which has fed on an infected bird. The province’s website says four out of five people won’t show any symptoms.

Approximately one in 150 people will have serious symptoms, which can include a high fever, muscle weakness, confusion, numbness and a sudden sensitivity to light.

9 positive pools
Public Health Ontario says so far this summer, there have been nine pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus throughout the province. That includes one in Brantford.

None have been in Waterloo region, Guelph or Wellington County.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-region-west-nile-virus-1.6921028

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