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News release: September 28, 2020

Region of Peel confirms first case of West Nile Virus this year

BRAMPTON, ON (September 28, 2020) – Region of Peel - Public Health has confirmed the first locally acquired human case of West Nile virus for 2020 in a Brampton resident.

West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people who contract the disease will show no symptoms, 20 per cent will experience mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body ache, mild rash, and swollen lymph glands. In rare cases, approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with WNV will develop a more severe form of the disease. People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune system are at the highest risk of becoming severely ill when infected with WNV.

“While the overall risk of getting a West Nile Virus infection is lower during the Fall months, this case reinforces the importance for residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Before the winter frost arrives, residents should also remove standing water where mosquitoes can breed,” says Dr. Nicholas Brandon, Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel.

Residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites:

Visit our website for more information about West Nile virus, or call Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Caledon residents can call toll free at 905-584-2216.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.

Media contact

Jeff LeMoine
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
Tel: 289-325-4700

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.