Public health officials in Ontario have reported that 49 probable human cases of the disease have been spotted as of this week. Majority of these cases have occurred in Toronto, where 30 cases have been reported.
Meanwhile, Alberta has announced its first human case since 2010. A female resident of southern Alberta has been admitted for mild symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery. Three other provinces have also reported cases so far in 2012: Manitoba with five, Saskatchewan with one, and Quebec with two. British Columbia has yet to report a case of West Nile Virus.
With the United States experiencing its worst West Nile epidemic so far this year, wherein Texas is the hardest hit, it is likely that an outbreak could also spread in Canada, even as big as 2003 or 2007, according to health experts.