The risk of getting West Nile virus in southern Saskatchewan remains low for now.
However, the species of mosquito that carries the disease has been spotted in the province, with no positive mosquitoes found at this time.
Deputy Chief Medical health officer Dr. Denise Werker says mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus attack from dusk until dawn.
“In the summer time, when people are outside and like spending more time outside, they need to take precautions against mosquito bites and that involves wearing insect repellent containing deet or Icaridin,” Werker said. “Wearing clothes that cover you up, so long sleeves and pants.”
Provincial West Nile Virus Co-ordinator Phil Curry says while there are no reports of positive mosquitoes in Saskatchewan yet, other jurisdictions are feeling the effects now.
“There’s been a human case in North Dakota, and some infected mosquitoes found in North Dakota, Manitoba has reported its first positive mosquito pool as well so far,” Curry said. “They’re often indicators for us of what might come in the season.”
Only one in every 150 cases is considered severe, with many people who contract the disease feeling little to no symptoms.
While West Nile Virus is rare, 10% of those who contract it die from it.