First human cases of West Nile in Sask

Staff ~ The Southwest Booster
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The hot, wet weather experienced by most of the province is ideal for the development of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the most common carrier of West Nile Virus in Saskatchewan. As the risk of West Nile elevates, Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer is urging residents to take precautions when heading outdoors.

"Prevention is the best personal protection against West Nile," Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Ross Findlater said. "With the increasing risk to human health, I urge everyone to protect themselves against mosquito bites."

The hot, wet weather experienced by most of the province is ideal for the development of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the most common carrier of West Nile Virus in Saskatchewan. As the risk of West Nile elevates, Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer is urging residents to take precautions when heading outdoors.

"Prevention is the best personal protection against West Nile," Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Ross Findlater said. "With the increasing risk to human health, I urge everyone to protect themselves against mosquito bites."

Personal protective measures include the use of repellents; wearing long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing; avoiding being outdoors between dusk and dawn; and reducing standing water habitats in and around your property.

Throughout the summer, Saskatchewan Health monitors Culex tarsalis breeding pools for incidence of West Nile. Surveillance results are posted weekly at www.health.gov.sk.ca.

Geographic location: Nile, Saskatchewan

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