WEST NILE VIRUS ON THE RISE

Aug 23, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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Alberta has reported its first case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus since 2010, suggesting the virus is on the rise in Canada.

There have been cases 49 cases reported in Ontario, with smaller numbers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

With more than one-thousand cases reported this year in the U-S, Canadian officials say conditions look ripe for numbers to rise on this side of the border.

Dr. Bonnie Henry of the B-C Centre for Disease Control says there could be an outbreak as big as 2003 or 2007 still to come given the high number of cases in Ontario.

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