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Letter From the Editors: West Nile Related Resources

Here is a brief roundup of West Nile resources that have come to our attention.

If you have a resource to add, please email

Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre

Includes contact information for reporting dead birds and a summary of the West Nile Virus in North America (1999-2003).

Canadian Health Network

"Protect Yourself This Summer: What You Can Do About West Nile" includes background, tips for reducing risk and symptoms.

City of Ottawa, Put Mosquitoes Out Of Touch tml

Information on reducing mosquitos in your area, with links for further information.

Government of Ontario

* Ontario Newsroom, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, "Eves government's West Nile virus action plan moving forward"

A news release from July 3, 2003, with current information on provincial plans.

* Public Information on West Nile Virus:

Information from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care includes background discussion and contacts for more information.

* West Nile Virus

Choose "West Nile Virus" from the pull-down menu to see a selection of articles including "Mosquito Proofing Your Home" and "DEET: Safe When Used As Directed."

Health Canada

* West Nile Surveillance Information

Health Canada's most current information on WN virus, and the measures that government and the provinces are taking to reduce the WN virus.

* Ten fact sheets on West Nile Virus-April 2003

List of approved insect repellants and ways to reduce mosquito populations from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (click on Mosquito Control), or call 1-800-267-6315.

* West Nile Virus and Animals

FAQ includes "Can animals other than birds be infected with West Nile virus?," "How do animals become infected with WN virus?" and "What signs do infected animals have?"

* Health Canada's

Site has background information from the on-line publication It's Your Health.

Ontario Public Health Association OHPE 317.1

The site inclues links to health units.

Simcoe County District Health Unit

The site has information on WNV protection, and bird and mosquito surveillance results.

Toronto Public Health

Their West Nile information site includes weekly updates and a schedule of larviciding.

For French resources, see Le Bloc-Notes v. 6:3 26, mai 2003 (

Our thanks to Suzanne Schwenger and Christiane Fontaine for their assistance rouding up these links.