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Risk of West Nile virus increasing: Protect Yourself

Risk of West Nile Virus Increasing in SCHR - Protect Yourself!

 

The mosquito surveillance traps in southern Saskatchewan are indicating that there are more of the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that can spread West Nile Virus (WNS) and that some of these mosquitoes are now infected with West Nile Virus.   The first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in Sun Country Health Region were reported this week. 

 

With the risk of West Nile increasing, we are advising the residents of Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. This will reduce your risk of a West Nile Virus infection.

 

"Enjoying the outdoors in August and early September?  We expect the number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes to increase as the summer progresses and this means your risk will increase too."  Dr. Shauna Hudson and Dr. Lanre Medu want to remind you that the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are most active at dawn and in the early evening especially immediately after sunset.  "Remember to take these precautions to make sure you don't get bit by mosquitoes and become infected with West Nile Virus":

  • Ensure that you wear a good insect repellant with DEET especially at dusk and dawn. Be sure to follow the product directions. 

 

  • Get rid of places the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes hang out – they like tall grasses and weeded areas. Drain standing water around your yard. 

  • Wear light clothing, long sleeves, and long pants when the mosquitos that spread West Nile Virus are most active (dusk and dawn).    

For more information on West Nile Virus and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, check out these websites:  

For even more information about West Nile Virus and how to protect yourself, please contact a SCHR Public Health Inspector at 1-888-295-8005. 

August 4, 2016

 

 

 

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