Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2002 - West Nile virus in Canada

12 September 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 11 September 2002 the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg has confirmed West Nile virus infection in a person living in the province of Ontario. This is the first confirmed case of human disease reported from Canada. Although West Nile virus is circulating in Ontario and other provinces, this case is possibly related to travel in areas of the United States.

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