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West Nile risk in SCHR is declining but not zero

The risk of infection with West Nile virus is declining in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) but the risk will not be zero until the first frosts occur in SCHR.

West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes were found again this week (September 6) in one of the mosquito traps in the Region but the numbers of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes being caught in the mosquito surveillance traps in SCHR has generally been declining since early august.

Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shauna Hudson says, “The Culex mosquitoes are still biting on warmer evenings and people still need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites if they are working outside, farming or enjoying the beautiful weather outside.”

The mosquito trapping program has now been concluded in SCHR for 2011.

See http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/west-nile-risk for more information about West Nile Virus Risk levels.

For more information on West Nile Virus, go to the Sun Country Health website at www.suncountry.sk.ca and http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/service/112/88/west-nile-virus-wnv.html

Saskatchewan Government website at www.health.gov.sk.ca/west-nile-virus.

Posted September 9, 2011.

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