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west nile virus

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in people this year.
2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Mosquito bites are a part of Canadian living. Usually, the only consequence of an unwanted invasion is an itchy welt. However, over the last decade, the consequences have become significantly greater due to the emergence of several viruses.
There are many welcome hallmarks to summer, such as the longer days and pleasant temperatures. Yet, summer also brings unwanted risks like damaging storms, oppressive heat waves, forest fires, and drought. One of the least favoured recurrences is the rise in mosquito populations and the potential for West Nile Virus infection.
2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A recent study undertaken by scientists in Ethiopia came to a startling conclusion: Chickens seemed to be immune to mosquitoes, showing fewer bites than any other animal. So the question is, of course: Why? And can that be replicated in humans? The answer isn't quite so straightforward.
On Friday morning, Toronto Public Health confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus for 2015. The virus was confirmed
2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Most of Canada and parts of the United States has been gripped in a cold snap that has seen temperatures dip below -40ºC in some places. While we may have little enjoyment from this forecast, in terms of germs and pests, this may actually be good news.
2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Hollywood is not the only place with an increasing their number of sequels. While returning health villains, like West Nile Virus and "Swine Flu 2" continue to represent only a minority of worldwide infections, the future is looking rather glum. There are certain to be more germs that will re-emerge and send us all into a frenzy worthy of a blockbuster's opening day weekend.
Health officials are confirming the first human case of West Nile virus to be found in Alberta this year. At this point details
Toronto Public Health says the number of mosquitoes found to have West Nile virus is at a record high this summer, likely