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 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
416-338-7600.


Media Contact
Mary Margaret Crapper
Toronto Public Health,
416-338-7873

 

 

Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2019