June 12, 2003

York Region West Nile virus map wins silver at URISA’s 2003 map gallery competition

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York received a geomatics award for a map that allowed Health Services staff to easily visualize and analyze the spread of West Nile virus (WNv) in York Region. The WNv – York Region Bird and Mosquito Surveillance Program for 2001/2002 map received a silver award at the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) – Ontario Chapter’s 2003 Map Gallery Competition held last month. Awards were based on cartographic presentation and information portrayed on a map.

"The map has proven to be an invaluable tool and has been integrated as a major component of the Region’s West Nile Virus surveillance and treatment program," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.

Created by the York Region Planning and Development Services’ Geomatics Division, the map also helped Health Services staff identify areas exhibiting concentrated WNv activity. Locations of birds of concern, birds sent for testing, positive birds and positive mosquito pools of 2001 and 2002 were given a spatial location according to a street address and represented on the map.

This tool continues to be used for this year’s WNv surveillance and treatment program.

URISA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the use and integration of spatial information technologies and is recognized as Ontario’s Geomatics Information Systems organization. Today, there are more than 500 members from diverse backgrounds in both the public and private sectors.

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca


Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

- Email: wendy.lewis@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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