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 editor@ohpe.ca.

Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre http://wildlife.usask.ca/WestNileAlertHTML/WestNileAlertEng1.htm

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



Canadian Health Network

http://www.canadian-health-network.ca/html/newnotable/may15c_2003e.html

"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

http://www.city.ottawa.on.ca/city_services/yourhealth/environmental/west... 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"

http://ogov.newswire.ca/ontario/GPOE/2003/07/03/c9419.html?lmatch=?=_e.html

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

* Public Information on West Nile Virus: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/westnile/wn...

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

* West Nile Virus

http://www.healthyontario.com/english/features.asp?channel_id=0

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

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/wnv-vwn/index.html.

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 http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/publicat/info/index.html

List of approved insect repellants and ways to reduce mosquito populations from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pmra-arla/english/index-e.html (click on Mosquito Control), or call 1-800-267-6315.

* West Nile Virus and Animals

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/publicat/info/wnv_anim_e.html

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

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/iyh/diseases/wnv.html

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



Ontario Public Health Association

http://opha.on.ca/resources/p-z.html#westnileto OHPE 317.1

The site inclues links to health units.



Simcoe County District Health Unit

http://www.simcoehealth.org/Topics/wnv/Introduction.asp.

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



Toronto Public Health

http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/health/west_nile_index.htm

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 (http://www.opc.on.ca/francais/nosprogrammes/centre/resources/Blocnotes.htm).



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