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Toronto reports first human case of West Nile virus this year

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Toronto reports first human case of West Nile virus this year

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the city this year.

The agency said Thursday that they received a positive lab report confirming the case with an adult resident.

“West Nile virus is a disease that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito,” reads a release from TPH.

“Although the risk of becoming infected with the West Nile virus is still low in our city, now is a good time to remind residents of preventative steps they can take while enjoying the outdoors to minimize the likelihood of being bitten by a. infected mosquitoes, “said Toronto’s Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, said.

TPH recommends taking the following actions to protect yourself from the virus:

  • Wear light clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when you are outdoors.

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET or icaridine and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Be extra careful in peak loads on mosquitoes, at dusk and dawn, by using repellent and covering.

  • Make sure your home has close-fitting screens on windows and doors.

  • Remove standing water from your property where mosquitoes can breed. Standing water includes all water that collects in objects such as. Pool covers, buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

According to Toronto Public Health, West Nile virus symptoms can develop between two and 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes, the agency said.

In 2020, TPH reported 33 cases of West Nile virus in people in the city.

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