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Community Advisory - West Nile Virus Risk Increasing

The risk for West Nile Virus infection is increasing in Southern Saskatchewan. Public Health is advising Sun Country Health Region residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

Acting Medical Health Officer Dr. Maurice Hennink says “We expect the number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes will peak in the next couple of weeks. This means the risk for West Nile Virus infection in humans will be increasing and you need to protect yourself. “

Dr. Hennink acknowledges the number of mosquitoes seems to be fewer this year than in the recent past but says the need to protect yourself from mosquito bites is still important. One of the recent mosquito surveillance traps monitored by Sun Country Health Region Public Health contained mosquitoes that were positive for West Nile Virus.

Dr. Hennink reminds the public to take these precautions:

  • Make sure you wear a good insect repellant with DEET and 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 their eggs in standing water. Make it hard for them - drain all the standing water in your yard.

For more information on West Nile Virus:

-          Check out the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health websites at:

-          Contact your SCHR Public Health Inspector at Estevan 306-637-3626, Weyburn 306-842-8618, toll free at 1-888-295-8005 or email to  PubHealthInspection@schr.sk.ca 

-          Check out the SCHR website at: http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/service/112/88/west-nile-virus-wnv.html

-          Posted July 31.

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