News Release - July 13, 2006
WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE
Saskatchewan Health is reminding people to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus.
"We know that we are entering the season where we tend to see more mosquitoes carrying the virus, so people need to take the normal precautions such as using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeves and long pants if they are outdoors while mosquitoes are active," Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Ross Findlate said.
The high temperatures have produced ideal conditions for the Culex tarsalis mosquito. Currently, mosquito numbers are still in the low to normal range. Residents are asked to help reduce the habitat for these mosquitoes by getting rid of any standing water in their yards.
The mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus to people are most active in the early morning and evening.
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