TORONTO RECORDS 1ST HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS OF 2017

Aug 25, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Toronto Public Health’s confirmed a city resident’s tested positive for West Nile virus – the first human case in the city this year.
It’s not clear where or when they got it.
‘The risk of becoming ill from West Nile virus is low,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto’s acting medical officer of health, in a statement.
”However now is a good time to remind residents to take the proper precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to minimize the risk of West Nile virus.”
The virus is mainly transmitted to humans by bites from infected mosquitoes.
Toronto Public Health also reports 48 mosquito pools testing positive for the virus as of Wednesday.
There were 19 confirmed cases last year in the city.
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