Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2002 - West Nile virus in Canada - Update 6

24 October 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 22 October 2002, Health Canada has reported a total number of 96 human cases of West Nile virus infection: 65 suspected cases, 31 confirmed cases, including 1 death. One confirmed case is resident in the province of Alberta, one suspected case and 3 confirmed cases are resident in the province of Quebec, and the remaining 64 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. The one confirmed case in Alberta and one confirmed case in Ontario likely acquired infection while travelling in the United States whereas all other cases acquired their infection within their home province.

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