Toronto Public Health conducts mosquito surveillance from mid-June until mid-September every year. Once a week, 22 mosquito traps are set across the city to collect mosquitoes for identification and West Nile virus (WNV) testing. For 2021, the first positive pool was reported on July 23, 2021 with surveillance continuing until mid-September. In 2020 a total of 39 positive pools were reported.
A total of 33 confirmed cases were reported for Toronto in 2020.
Confirmed and suspected human cases of WNV illness for Toronto residents are reportable to Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and are investigated by Toronto Public Health.
WNV Surveillance Bulletins describe human cases of WNV illness that have been reported to Toronto Public Health and provides updates on mosquito surveillance activities in Toronto. These bulletins are posted to update health professionals and the public health community with comprehensive epidemiologic information on WNV illness in Toronto. The reports will be posted should sufficient cases be reported.
If you require assistance in accessing or interpreting communicable disease surveillance information or data, please contact the Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit by phone (416-392-7411) or email (email@example.com) during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).