August 06, 2002

Second bird presumed to have West Nile Virus

 

NEWMARKET - York Region Health Services advises that a bird is reported as "presumed positive" for West Nile Virus (WNV) in York Region, pending final testing at the Federal Laboratory in Winnipeg. This brings the total of positive birds for WNV in York Region to two.

The newly-reported dead crow was found in the Town of East Gwillimbury, off Yonge Street in Holland Landing. The first crow was found in the Town of Markham, close to the intersection of Highway 404 and Steeles Avenue East.

During the 2001 season, 25 birds tested positive for WNV in York Region, including 20 birds in Markham, three in Vaughan, one in Whitchurch-Stouffville and one in Georgina.

For ongoing, up-to-date West Nile Virus reports, precautions and information, residents are invited to refer to the West Nile Virus Update on the York Region website at www.region.york.on.ca or call 1-800-361-5653.

York Region Health Services reminds residents to continue to report sightings of dead crows to the Health Protection Division. These birds are known to be the most susceptible to the disease. Selected birds are sent to the Canadian Wildlife Health Centre in Guelph for testing. Additional testing is conducted at the Federal Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as required.

For more information or to report a dead crow, please call York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and

Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our website at: www.region.york.on.ca.

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For additional information about this media release contact:

Kim Clark, York Region Health Services

905-830-4444 Ext. 4101

kim.clark@region.york.on.ca


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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