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Residents Reminded to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus

by Government of Saskatchewan
A mosquito on the back of a hand

Health officials are reminding Saskatchewan residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites, as we approach peak season for West Nile virus (WNV). The risk of contracting WNV infection is usually greatest in late July and in August when the mosquitoes (Culex tarsalis) that carry the virus are most active and present in higher numbers. So far this season, there have been two positive West Nile virus lab tests. A positive lab test does not necessarily indicate a current WNV infection. People are advised to take precautions when outside in areas with mosquitoes:

  • Cover up and use insect repellent
  • Reduce the time spent outside between dusk and dawn when Culex tarsalis are most likely to bite
  • Clear yards of items that can collect water
  • Regularly clean and empty bird baths and eavestroughs
  • Ensure rain barrels are covered with mosquito screen or are tightly sealed around the downspout
  • Keep bushes, shrubs and lawns clear of overgrowth and debris
  • Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes

More information about West Nile Virus, including symptoms, prevention measures and weekly surveillance reports is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/west-nile-virus.

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