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article imageToronto health officials find West Nile Virus in mosquitoes

By Andrew Moran     Aug 7, 2010 in Health
Toronto - Public Health officials for the city of Toronto say they have detected West Nile Virus in many mosquitoes in the Greater Toronto Area. There have been no reports of humans being infected by the virus this year but officials are cautious.
On Friday, Toronto Public Health announced that mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus and are urging the general public to be wary of the bug-borne illness, according to the National Post. Infected mosquitoes have also been detected in the Peel and Windsor regions.
There have not been any human cases of the virus. The severe infection risk is low.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, when infected with West Nile, most people do not experience symptoms but can cause severe illness and even death. The elderly are at greater risk.
In severe cases, people can experience irregularities such as loss of vision, weakness in the muscles, confusion, numbness and neck stiffness.
680 News reports that Health Canada has issued the following safety measures:
- Apply mosquito repellent.
- Wear light-coloured attire and long sleeves and pants.
- Drain standing water.
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