Ontario's West Nile virus count surges
Mosquitos are sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas on Aug. 16, 2012. (AP / LM Otero)
Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:45PM EDT
TORONTO - West Nile virus activity appears to be surging in Ontario.
Public Health Ontario is reporting that as of Tuesday, there have been 82 confirmed or probable West Nile infections in the province this year.
Ontario is far and away the hardest hit province so far this year.
Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have also reported human cases, but their numbers are far lower so far.
To date there have been no fatal cases this year in Canada.
The public health agency says so far Ontario's West Nile activity has been reported only in the southern part of the province.