An 80-year-old Toronto man has died from West Nile virus, becoming the city’s first victim this year, according to Toronto Public Health.
Agency spokeswoman Kris Scheuer said the man died within the past two weeks and that it took time for the agency to confirm his death was related to West Nile virus. The agency did not release the location where the man may have contracted the virus or where he died. It was also unclear whether he had underlying health issues that complicated his illness.
Two people have tested positive for West Nile virus in the city since early June, according to Toronto Public Health. That represents a huge drop from last year, when the city saw 94 cases and one death.
The virus is typically contracted by humans through mosquitoes. The risk of becoming infected is low, and most people who contract the virus do not get sick. Symptoms include fever, severe headaches, body aches, stiff neck, confusion and sensitivity to light.
Since the city began tracking West Nile virus in 2002, there have been 398 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.