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The government urges residents to reduce the risk of West Nile



Saskatchewan government reminds residents to take precautions against mosquito bites, as the risk of Western nail virus increases in Saskatchewan

The risk is highest between June and September when culex tarsalis mosquitoes are most active and appear in higher numbers, there is also an increased risk in the southern parts of the province.

Saskatchewan Denise Works Worker Deputy Health Care Professionals.

"When people are out, from dusk to dawn, they really need to take precautions against mosquitoes and that means you are wearing insecticides, applying it according to instructions and making sure your house is not a habitat for mosquitoes."

Standing water in the home can be a breeding ground for culex tarsalis and make sure that you keep door and window screens so that they fit tightly and are free of holes.

Cover up and wear bright, loose fit, long sleeved tops and long pants when outdoor is also recommended.

Most people infected with the West Nile virus experience no symptoms or have a mild disease with symptoms such as fever, headache and body pain.

A small number of people develop a more serious disease known as western neuroinvasive disease, which can cause inflammation in the brain and can lead to death.

If you develop severe symptoms such as persistent fever, confusion, neck stiffness or an unusually severe headache, consult a doctor immediately.

West Nile virus was first identified in Saskatchewan 2002.

Major outbreaks of West Nile virus infection in humans occurred in 2003 and 2007.

Between 2003 and 2018, there were 161 cases of neuroinvasive disease of West Nylvirus; 18 resulted in death.

More information on the West Nile virus, including symptoms, preventative measures and weekly monitoring reports, is available at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/west-nilevirus.


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