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July 11, 2008
Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus
  
Toronto Public Health reported today that a mosquito found in the city has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first WNV positive result this year. So far, no human cases of WNV have been reported this summer in Toronto, and no birds have tested positive for WNV.

“The positive mosquito result reinforces the need for the public to take precautions to safeguard themselves from West Nile virus,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Toronto Associate Medical Officer of Health. “Although the overall risk of becoming infected with WNV is low, anyone can get sick from WNV and the risk of severe illness increases with age. People with compromised immune systems due to illnesses or immune suppressing treatments are also at higher risk of severe illness from WNV.”

The risk of becoming infected starts around this time of year, peaks in August and continues into September. The following protective measures are recommended:

~Use mosquito repellent approved by Health Canada
~Wear light-coloured clothing and cover up when in areas where mosquitoes are present
~Take extra precautions, especially in early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active
~Remove standing water around your home and property to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health/westnile/ or call 416-338-7600.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Media Relations, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974


 

 

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