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September 12, 2003
Five new probable cases of West Nile Virus reported
Toronto Public Health is reporting five new probable cases of West Nile Virus
(WNV), bringing the total to 13 probable and two confirmed cases this year.

The five cases include residents living in various Toronto locations. These
cases are currently under investigation as exposure may not be locally acquired.

Toronto Public Health is sending notices to all Toronto residents that the risk
of contracting the virus remains as long as mosquitoes are active. Information
has also been sent to social service agencies, including doctors' offices,
community centres and libraries.

"We expected to see an increase in cases at this time of year. Residents should
continue to take precautions as we head into the fall season. Even though the
days are shorter and the evenings are cooler, mosquitoes are still active,"
said Dr. Karl Kabasele, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

For updated information on West Nile Virus, visit
or call the WNV information line at

Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



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