Sep 27, 2012
By Michael Kramer
Public health officials in Ontario have confirmed that two people have died after contracting the West Nile virus in what they called the worst the outbreak in a decade.
Health officials in the province’s southwest attributed the death of a 71-year-old man in Windsor-Essex County to the virus today.
Public Health Ontario says there have been 220 confirmed and probable cases of West Nile in the province as of September 25th.
That includes a 74-year-old Toronto man whose death two weeks ago has been attributed to the virus.
The only year Ontario had more cases was in 2002 – the first year West Nile virus cases were reported in Canada.
That year there were 394 human cases.