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Moderate West Nile Virus Risk Still Present - Protect Yourself!

Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region says the risk for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection is still present in Sun Country Health Region.

“We have now had several SCHR mosquito surveillance traps with WNV infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes and there are other traps across southern Saskatchewan that were positive recently. We expect that as long as the warm weather lasts in September the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes will be biting during and this means the risk for West Nile Virus infection in humans will still be there and that you need to protect yourself.”

Take precautions to make sure you don’t get bit by mosquitoes and risk infection with West Nile. Use these measures:

  • Make sure that you wear a good insect repellant with DEET and that you follow the directions on the product.
  • The mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are most active at dusk and dawn, and the early evening. They are especially active for two hours after sunset.
  • Clean up around the yard – the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes like tall grasses and weeds and lay eggs in standing water. Make it hard for them – drain all the standing water in your yard. 

For more information, go to http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/service/112/88/west-nile-virus-wnv.html  

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