Second Flower Mound resident diagnosed with West Nile Fever

Health officials are looking into two potential human cases of the West Nile virus in Simcoe County.

Joe Lynch, program manager for vector control and nuisances for the county board of health, said he couldn't release more details on the affected individual.

Region of Waterloo Public Health confirmed Wednesday a local case of West Nile, although a spokesperson said the virus was acquired outside of the region.

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"It's not nice", Zentner said of the body aches, muscle and joint pain, vomit, diarrhea, nausea and rash.

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

"The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has historically been identified as an area with increased risk for the virus", the health unit wrote in a news release.

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Public health officials have warned this could be a bad summer for West Nile virus. Some infected people will experience flu-like symptoms.

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

To protect yourself from West Nile virus, officials recommend wearing light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

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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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