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September 2, 2003
Two additional probable cases of WNV reported
Toronto Public Health has reported two new probable human cases of West Nile
Virus (WNV), bringing the total number of cases in Toronto to three.

A 61 year-old female and a 51 year-old female visited their doctors with
symptoms of West Nile fever last week. Neither woman was hospitalized and both
are recovering at home. Both live in the area of Yonge and Eglinton.

"Even though cooler temperatures are here, we continue to stress the importance
of taking personal protection measures and eliminating standing water," said
Dr. Karl Kabasele, an associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public

By this time last year, Toronto had 71 confirmed human cases of the virus.

The majority of individuals with West Nile infection experience no symptoms, or
have mild flu-like symptoms that last a few days.

To date, nine mosquito traps and seven birds have tested positive for the
virus, mainly in the north and west regions of the city.

Future updates on West Nile Virus activity in the City will be posted on our
Web site For more information on West Nile Virus,
call the information line at

Media Contact:
Mary Margaret Crapper,
Toronto Public Health,



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