The Saskatchewan Health Authority warned yesterday that they found mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in Assiniboia area, in Moose Jaw and further across the Southern Region, according to a report by Advocator. A mosquitoes species called Culex Tarsalis usually carry the virus, and that’precisely the one found in the affected territories across Canada.
Recently, a ten-year-old kid from Manitoba caught the West Nile virus, that being the first case of 2018 in Canada.
The Medical Health Officer of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Dr. Mark Vooght, stated that the warmer weather forecasted for this weekend might boost the number of mosquitoes carrying the disease in the Assiniboia area.
“There is a moderate risk because of the heat; the heat index is quite high at the moment as we know there has been recent rain so we might see an upsurge in the number of Culex Tarsalis mosquitoes in the next few days,” stated Dr. Mark Vooght.
West Nile virus warning in Assiniboia as disease-carrying mosquitoes found in the region
“Going into the long weekend where people are active out (…) camping, hiking, and biking and all that good stuff which we really want people to do is that just to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes this weekend and probably quite far into August,” Dr. Vooght added.
While outdoors, you should wear long sleeves and long pants, and apply insects repellants to avoid swarms of mosquitoes which might carry the West Nile virus.
“In 2003 and 2007 we had a lot of nervous or neurological patients in Saskatchewan, but since then it has dropped off quite dramatically. We don’t see much of that anymore, but it is possible,” added Dr. Mark Vooght.
West Nile virus symptoms are quite similar to those of the flu virus, including muscle pains, headaches, and fever. Also, in older adults and those with a weakened immune system, the disease might trigger more severe symptoms which sometimes could lead to neurological issues.