City of Toronto  

Living in TorontoDoing businessVisiting TorontoAccessing City Hall
 
All news releases
Last 30 days
By month
Search
   
Newsroom
   
Archived news release by year
  2013
  2012 - 2011 - 2010
  2009 - 2008 - 2007
  2006 - 2005 - 2004
  2003 - 2002 - 2001
  2000 - 1999 - 1998
   
RSS identifier linked to feed RSS
   
   
 
August 2, 2006
First bird tests positive for West Nile Virus
  
Toronto Public Health reported today that an American crow that was collected on July 28, has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The positive result will be confirmed by further testing within the next few days. This is the first positive result for birds in Toronto this year. To date there have been no human cases reported. Four different batches of mosquitoes collected on July 25, have also tested positive for WNV.

The bird was found in the Don Mills Road and Finch Avenue East area. Surveillance for the virus has been increased in this area.

“West Nile Virus has now been found in both mosquitoes and birds in Toronto,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Toronto Associate Medical Officer of Health. “This reinforces the need for the public to continue taking precautions. We are in the time of year when the risk of WNV to people is greatest.”

The following personal protective measures are recommended:
  • Use a mosquito repellent, following the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Wear light-coloured clothing and cover up in areas where mosquitoes are present
  • Take these precautions especially in early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Remove standing water around your home and property
Last year, the first WNV positive results for birds in Toronto occurred on July 18, and for mosquitoes on July 21.

The overall risk of becoming infected with WNV is low. While anyone can get WNV, those over 55 years of age and people with compromised immune systems due to illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease are at higher risk of severe illness.

For more information visit: http://www.toronto.ca/health or call
416-338-7600.

Media contact:
Rishma Govani
Toronto Public Health
416-338-7974


 

 

Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2017