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West Nile risk continues

It's your responsibility to protect yourself and your children from the West Nile Virus (WNV). The risk from mosquitoes contaminated with WNV continues in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

Six more pools of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus were reported in SCHR on Monday, August 25.

The positive tests are the result of mosquito traps placed in SCHR last week. This brings the total number of WNV positive mosquito pools for SCHR for this year to 14.

SCHR Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shauna Hudson, reminds residents of the Region that "precautions to prevent mosquito bites are still necessary over the next couple of weeks as the risk of human WNV infection continues."

Dr. Hudson says, "while the risk to humans will begin to diminish in the upcoming weeks, we expect to continue seeing WNV positive mosquitoes in SCHR in the coming weeks." Caution will be needed until mid-September, at least, she says.

Protect yourself by following the Five Ds:

• Wear a good insect repellant with DEET. Apply according to directions.
• 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.
• 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.
• DRESS appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long pants.
• 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.

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