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August 22, 2003
Toronto Public Health reports positive West Nile Virus mosquito results
Dr. Sheela Basrur, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, today reported positive
West Nile Virus test results from mosquito pools in four City locations.

Dr. Basrur said the results confirm the presence of West Nile Virus in Toronto
and should be a reminder to residents to take precautions.

"The overall risk is still very low and can be managed responsibly and with
common sense. If you're spending time outdoors take along some DEET, and try to
avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active."

The positive mosquito pools were found in the following areas:
  • Hwy. 427, between Eglinton and Burnhamthorpe
  • Sheppard and Keele
  • Lawrence and Keele
  • Bayview and Finch

Dr. Basrur said the City is continuing its many activities to reduce the risk
to the public. In addition to mosquito surveillance, larval control and
outreach to physicians and hospitals, public information sessions are scheduled
next week as a supplement to ongoing community education.

The information sessions are as follows:
  • Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. - Scarborough and Etobicoke Civic Centres
  • Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m. - Metro Hall and North York Civic Centre

Updated information on test results will be posted on the City's Web site.
Residents can call the West Nile Virus hotline for more information, at

Media Contact
Mary Margaret Crapper
Toronto Public Health,



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