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Monday, July 18, 2011

Canada : West Nile virus reported in northwest Toronto

Via Healthzone :

" West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes for the first time this summer, in the northwest part of the city, Toronto Public Health said Friday.

“We test mosquitoes from 43 traps around the city once a week,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health. “This is an opportunity to remind people to be careful and take precautions.”

There has only been one human case of West Nile virus since 2010, and no deaths since 2005. The virus was discovered in Toronto 10 years ago, leading to 163 cases and 11 deaths in 2002.

Toronto Public Health is reminding the public to drain standing water around their homes and use insect repellent."

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