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. It has been confirmed as the first human case of West Nile in Toronto in 2019 and it serves a reminder to always take the proper precautions. There were no other reported cases this year, while last year there were 39 human cases in Toronto.

On July 30, Peel Regional Police released a media advisory that there had been mosquitos found that were carrying West Nile Virus, but there were no reported human cases of it. The infected mosquitos were found near Mclaughlin Road South and Steeles Avenue West in Brampton.

 

West Nile Virus shows symptoms anywhere between two and 14 days of being infected, and the victim can become feverish, nauseated, experience body aches and headaches, as well as swollen lymph glands and skin rashes. 


Toronto Public Health reported 39 laboratory-confirmed human cases of West Nile virus and 40 positive mosquito tests in 2018.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa has said that "as we head into late summer, we know that residents and visitors to Toronto are maximizing their time outside to enjoy the weather and outdoor activities. We encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of exposure to West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito." 

Mosquito-bite peak hours are at dusk and at dawn, so that is when you are most prone to being bitten. Mosquitos also love standing water, so be sure to get rid of any buckets or planters that may have collected rainwater from yesterday. 

We've still got about a month until we can consider the city mosquito-free, so take whatever precautions you can until then. 

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