West Nile virus has probably made it first appearance of the year in Toronto, the city's health officials reported Monday. Toronto Public Health department said that the patient is recovering at home, and that it remains unclear whether she picked up the virus during a trip or in the city. She is officially listed as a “probable” case of the virus. Although Toronto was spared the sort of hot and humid weather it endures many summers, mosquitoes are still present and precautions need to be taken, the city says, reports the Globe and Mail. According to Lassennews, "This is the first identified case of human infection in our local area," the news release said. "Also a report was received on Aug. 20 that a house finch collected in Herlong and a red-tail hawk picked up in Wendel have tested positive for WNV." A Susanville woman claims she is the first human victim of the virus in the county. Allison Wagner, 28, who lives in a duplex off of Paul Bunyan Road east of McKinley School, claims she was "bit by tons of mosquitoes" in Susanville before a two-day visit to Fresno, from which she returned on Aug. 8 after spending eight hours in the hospital with a 104-degree fever. Wagner said she was tested for West Nile Virus three days after she contracted the illness and before her system had developed the antibodies which result in a positive test for West Nile. She was retested on Aug. 9 and the test came back positive for West Nile. US public health officials confirmed Monday that a 62-year-old man died due to complications from West Nile virus, making him the fourth Los Angeles County resident to die from the mosquito-borne disease. Green Party activist Walter Sheasby died Thursday at a Fontana hospital of encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, which can be triggered by the mosquito-borne virus. Blood tests done on Sheasby confirmed the presence of the virus,said Luci Kwak of the public health department. The virus, which causes only flu-like symptoms in most people, just arrived on the West Coast this year. So far, seven people have died from West Nile virus in the western US state of California. On Thursday, health officials confirmed that a 60-year-old PicoRivera man died Aug. 12 from encephalitis, also a result of West Nile, informs Xinhuanet.
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