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September 9, 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 eight probable cases this year. None of the eight
cases were hospitalized.

The five cases were reported since last Friday and include residents living in
various Toronto locations. The exposure to WNV in each case is under
investigation and at least two of the cases may be travel related.

"As we head into the fall season the risk of contracting the virus is still
present. Days are shorter and the evenings are cooler, but mosquitoes are still
active at this time of year and residents should take precautions," said Dr.
Karl Kabasele, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

To date, 21 mosquito pools and 11 birds have tested positive for the virus,
mainly in the north and west regions of the city. A map of this activity is on
the City's Web site at http://www.toronto.ca/health.

"We expect an increase in human cases at this time of year, but the overall
risk of WNV is low and can be managed. Residents throughout the city should
continue to avoid mosquitoes and eliminate standing water around their homes,"
said Dr. Kabasele.

Public education and community outreach activities are being conducted
throughout the city.

For updated information on West Nile Virus, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health
or call the WNV information line at
416-338-7600.

Media contact:
Diane Chester, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7825



 

 

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