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Available Expert - West Nile epidemic could be imminent

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Queen’s University disease expert Dick Zoutman is available to comment on a new report that a West Nile epidemic in Ontario is imminent. The report says the outbreak could see more than 330 human cases. The main areas of concern are Toronto, the Golden Horseshoe and Windsor-Essex.

“As our climate warms the insects such as ticks and mosquitoes move northward transmitting infections such as Zika virus, Dengue virus, Lyme disease bacteria, and West Nile virus,” says Dr. Zoutman. “As climate change continues we can expect to see more of these infections diseases having a serious impact on human health.”

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