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Thursday September 27th, 2012

Posted at 10:29am

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The Windsor-Essex Health Unit announced this morning that one human death has now been attributed to West Nile virus in Windsor-Essex.

While the investigation continues to proceed, the Health Unit says preliminary results suggest that a 71 year old man’s death was attributed to West Nile virus. The last local death attributed to West Nile virus occurred in 2003.

Since the announcement of the first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus this year on July 31st, the Health Unit has investigated a total of 22 cases.

They say the age range for the 22 cases is from 25 to 82 years of age, with 55% (12) being female and 45% (10) being male.

To date, the Health Unit says the following has occurred:

· Of the 22 investigated cases,
· 1 case has died.
· 8 cases were hospitalized
· 1 case remains in hospital
· 11 cases were followed as outpatients
· 2 cases were detected by Canadian Blood Services
· 6 cases involved travel outside of our area
· 25 positive mosquito test pools (collections) were found in Windsor, Amherstburg, Essex, and Kingsville. This wide distribution of positive pools indicates that the virus is prevalent throughout Windsor-Essex. No new pools have been found in the last three weeks.

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