Newspaper article The Canadian Press

West Nile Virus Cases in Canada Start to Climb; at Least 5 Provinces See Cases

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

West Nile Virus Cases in Canada Start to Climb; at Least 5 Provinces See Cases

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West Nile infections start to mount

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TORONTO - West Nile virus cases are starting to climb in Canada.

Ontario is reporting that as of earlier this week, 49 confirmed and probable human cases of the disease have been spotted.

Public Health Ontario's weekly West Nile report shows that the lion's share of the cases have occurred in Toronto, where 30 infections have been reported.

The news comes a day after Alberta announced it has seen its first human case since 2010 in a southern Alberta woman who is expected to make a full recovery.

The Ontario report says three other provinces have also reported cases so far this year -- Manitoba (five), Saskatchewan (one) and Quebec (2).

U.S. authorities say they've never seen as many cases of West Nile infection as early in the year as they are seeing this year.

"We're in the midst of one of the largest West Nile outbreaks ever seen in the United States," said Dr. Lyle Petersen, who oversees mosquito-borne illness programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. …

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