Parma resident confirmed to have West Nile virus

"There is reason to be concerned that West Nile virus could be more prevalent in the coming weeks", said Shawn Zentner, health protection manager at WDGPH.

For additional information about adult mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, residents go to westnile.state.pa.us, or contact the Bucks County Department of Health at 215-345-3318.

"Everything does clear up, but it's not a fun illness to have".

Mosquito pools in Waterloo Region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Huron-Perth and Grey-Bruce have all tested positive for the virus this year.

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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. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma.

Health officials say the infection rate is moderate this year. During that time, people should wear insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites, the board of health said.

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


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