For Immediate Release
August 24, 2001

Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800 Ext. 4410

Three Peel Birds Presumed Positive for West Nile Virus

(Brampton) - Preliminary tests indicate that two crows and one blue jay from Peel Region are presumed positive for the West Nile virus. All three birds were found in Mississauga.

"This finding is not a surprise, as it was known that the virus had reached the GTA," says Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. "I'd like to emphasize that the risk of human infection remains low. However, I encourage everyone to take common sense steps to reduce the risk of mosquito bites."

Residents are reminded to:

"Further testing will confirm the presence of the virus in these three birds," says Dr. McKeown. "We will be keeping our residents informed as more information becomes available."

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, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 905-799-7700.

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
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