It has been a dry year in Saskatchewan.
That might lead one to think there’s less water pools for mosquitoes to lay eggs in, and as result, less of a chance of contracting West Nile virus.
But that’s wrong.
According to Dr. Johnmark Opondo from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, weekly testing shows a higher proportion of Culex Tarsalis mosquitoes have the virus in comparison to the previous year.
“In fact, I would argue that the risk of West Nile in 2018 might be higher than in 2017,” he said.
Culex Tarsalis, he also said, behaves “extraordinarily” differently.
“It’s a much quieter mosquito and it’s smaller than the usual mosquitoes we see in May and June,” Opondo said. “It usually is sort of an ankle or leg biter and it bites at particular periods at dusk and at dawn.”