For Immediate Release
August 21, 2001

Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2215

No Reports of West Nile Virus In Birds Collected In Peel

(Brampton) - To date, 49 dead birds in Peel have been collected and tested for the West Nile virus. None of these birds have tested positive. Two dead birds collected in Windsor and Oakville are presumed positive for the virus.

"The risk of human infection remains low," says Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. "While there are currently no reports of the West Nile virus in birds collected in Peel, it does appear that infected birds have reached the GTA."

Peel Health has been actively involved in a provincial surveillance program to detect the West Nile virus in birds since spring 2000. Other Health departments across Ontario have also been participating in similar programs.

Residents of Peel should take these precautions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

Further information on West Nile virus, tips to reduce mosquito breeding areas, advice on personal protection from mosquito bites and details on how to report dead birds can be found at or by calling Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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