Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - West Nile virus in Canada - Update 5

22 October 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 17 October 2002, Health Canada has reported a total number of 88 human cases of West Nile virus infection: 58 suspected cases, 30 confirmed cases, including 1 death. One suspected case and 3 confirmed cases are resident in the province of Quebec, while the other 57 suspected cases and 27 confirmed cases are resident in the province of Ontario (see previous report). Two deaths have also occurred in individuals identified as suspected cases. The cause of death in these persons is under investigation.One confirmed case likely acquired infection while travelling in the United States whereas all other cases acquired their infection within their home province. 

For more information about this outbreak see the Health Canada web site: