The health department in Durham Region east of Toronto says it has documented seven cases of West Nile so far this year _ three confirmed and four probable _ including the two deaths.
On Thursday, Ontario public health officials confirmed two people died after contracting the West Nile virus.
Health officials attributed the deaths of a 71-year-old man in Windsor-Essex County in southwestern Ontario, and a 74-year-old Toronto man to the virus.
Public Health Ontario says there have been 220 confirmed and probable cases of West Nile in the province as of Sept. 25.
The only year Ontario had more cases was in 2002 _ the first year West Nile virus cases were reported in Canada; that year there were 394 human cases.
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