Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

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The City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Health Region are encouraging residents of Saskatoon to protect themselves from the threat of West Nile virus, particularly as they head outside to enjoy the summer weather.

“West Nile virus has not been found in Saskatoon this year, however a Culex tarsalis mosquito, the type believed to be mainly responsible for transmitting the virus, has been found in a mosquito trap in the city “, stated Geoff Mcleod, Pest Management Supervisor, City of Saskatoon. “When enjoying the outdoors, it’s important for people to remember to use an insect repellent that contains DEET.”

"It's no surprise that a Culex tarsalis has been found in the city", says Dr. Steven Whitehead, Deputy Medical Health Officer with the Saskatoon Health Region. "At this time of the summer we usually see an increase in the number of nuisance and Culex tarsalis mosquitoes. The finding reinforces the need to take precautions but keep in mind as of now West Nile Virus has not been found in the province however, we are still monitoring the situation closely."

Before we list measures on how to protect from the West Nile virus, there is a video of How To Protect From West Nile Virus published on eMaxHealth that you may want to see.

The following protective measures are recommended to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:


* Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts.

* Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when the mosquitoes are most likely to bite.

* Use mosquito nets over play pens, strollers, and carriages for infants. Do not use DEET on children under 6 months old.

* Keep mosquitoes from entering your homes by using screened windows and doors. Keep screens in good repair.

* Keep grass cut short.

* Eliminate all standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs, such as in tires, flower pots, paddling pools, and bird baths.