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More WNV Positive Mosquitoes Reported

Risk of West Nile Virus Continues to Increase in SCHR – More WNV positive mosquitoes reported in Sun Country Health Region  

This week, four more mosquito pools from Sun Country Health Region tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This brings the total to 5 positive mosquito pools for SCHR. 

“The risk of human infection with WNV will be the highest over the next couple of weeks.” Sun Country’s Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shauna Hudson wants to remind Sun Country Health Region residents that “precautions to prevent mosquito bites are necessary when the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are most active around dusk.” 

Dr. Hudson says, "The mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active on warm humid evenings when the female mosquitoes become more active."  

While the risk to humans of becoming infected with West Nile virus is much lower this summer than it was in 2007, the risk in southern Saskatchewan is increasing and we expect to see more WNV positive mosquitoes in SCHR in the coming weeks.

"Remember, these mosquitoes often go unnoticed because they bite around the ankles and their bite isn’t as annoying as many of the nuisance mosquitoes we are seeing during the day.”

FOLLOW THE FIVE D's:

  1. Wear a good insect repellant with DEET. Apply according to directions.
  2. DRAIN standing water. Eliminate or reduce all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Reduce places in your yard where adult mosquitoes can thrive.
  3. Avoid going out during DUSK and DAWN. The mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active, at dusk and dawn. They are especially active for two hours after sunset.
  4. DRESS appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long pants.
  5. Mosquito-proof your home. Make sure that DOORS and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

For more information on WNV, go to the Saskatchewan Government website at www.health.gov.sk.ca/west-nile-virus.  

Media: Please contact Dr. Shauna Hudson, Sun Country Health Region Medical Health Officer at (306) 530-1859.

August 11, 2008 

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