West Nile's cruel summer: Insidious virus strikes Ottawa-area man - Ottawa - CBC News


By Laurie Fagan, CBC News Ottawa, September 8, 2017

At least five days a week during the summer, Robert Gibeault would head out fishing near his home in Crysler, Ont., about 50 kilometres southeast of Ottawa.

At his favourite spots along the Ottawa, Nation, and St. Lawrence rivers, he'd reel in pickerel, bass and perch.The fishing trips ended in August when Gibeault contracted West Nile virus.

On Aug. 22 he was admitted to the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital where his condition worsened. On Thursday he was moved to the intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator to help him breath.


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