Toronto City Health Authorities received confirmation that a Toronto-based adult was tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first human case tested positive for the West Nile virus in Toronto in 2018.
The person was hospitalized because of her illness, but she is recovering at home.
The risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus in Toronto is very low. Now is the time to remind residents how to protect themselves from mosquito bites and reduce the risk of infection, "said Dr. Eileen de Villa of Toronto's Medical Officer of Health
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
West Nile virus symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days afterward Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes If you or a family member is concerned about any symptoms, contact your doctor.
Toronto Public Health recommends the following prevention tips to protect residents against mosquito bites:
• Tra Wear bright, long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors.
• Apply insect repellent with DEET or Icaridin and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
• Be particularly careful during the mosquito bite time (twilight and dawn)
• Remove stagnant water from your property where mosquitoes can multiply.
• Make sure your house has windows close to windows and doors.