Toronto Health Officials Just Confirmed 2019's First West Nile Virus Infection

Henrietta Strickland
August 13, 2019

Looks like the West Nile Virus is still a thing in Toronto after a case was confirmed in a news release by the City of Toronto on Tuesday.

Officials say a mosquito in North Carolina has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Last year, there were 39 laboratory-confirmed human cases of the virus reported to Toronto Public Health.

In a news release, the agency wrote that although the risk of getting infected is low, people are advised to take precautions to avoid bites from mosquitoes carrying the virus, including wearing light-coloured clothing and applying insect repellent. Public Health says the first human case of virus in the city previous year was reported on July 27. The infected mosquitos were found near Mclaughlin Road South and Steeles Avenue West in Brampton.

The virus is spread through mosquito bites, and symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash, the CDC says.

Older people who have compromised immune symptoms face a higher risk of severe illness.

In addition to wearing long sleeves and long trousers and using bug repellent, the CDC also recommends controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your home by putting screens on windows and doors and preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water.

Take extra care by using repellent and covering up during peak mosquito-biting hours when mosquitoes bite, which is dusk and dawn.

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