Two people test positive for West Nile virus in Guelph

Two cases of human West Nile virus have been confirmed by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

This comes after three mosquito pools and a bird tested positive for the virus earlier this summer.

The virus causes flu-like symptoms in humans, but in rare cases, inflammation of the brain and spinal column can cause permanent disability or death.

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. 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 the virus, it’s recommended you wear light-coloured pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

More information on West Nile virus can be found at

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