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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Toronto for the first time this year

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 4:25 PM - A mosquito pool in Toronto has tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time in 2014, according to an announcement by Toronto Public Health.

The risk of contracting the virus remains low, but residents are being warned to take extra precautions during the summer months.

That means wearing light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and pants and insect repellent.


RELATED: Rare mosquito-borne disease discovered in the U.S.


"The positive test result is a good reminder for the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water from your property where mosquitoes can breed," Elaine Pacheco, healthy environments manager for Toronto Public Health, said in a statement.

West Nile is transmitted to humans mainly through mosquito bites, but health officials say that most people who come into contact with infected bugs don't get sick. It was first discovered in 2001.

Twelve human cases of West Nile were reported in Toronto last year.

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