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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Toronto

File photo of a mosquito. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/James Gathany

Mosquitoes in Toronto have tested positive for West Nile Virus, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said on Tuesday.

This is the first positive test for the virus this year in Toronto.

According to TPH, the risk of becoming infected is low.

To avoid getting bit, the agency suggests the following measures:

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and a hat
  • Use mosquito repellent approved by Health Canada
  • Avoid areas with large numbers of mosquitoes, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Make sure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.

The agency has 43 mosquito traps throughout Toronto and the mosquitoes are submitted for tests every week.

The first discovery of the virus in Toronto was in 2001. There were 100 positive mosquito pools and 94 human cases in 2012. In 2013, 18 positive mosquito pools and 12 human cases were reported.

To date, no human infections have been reported in 2014.