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Residents Reminded to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus

10-Aug-2017

In the first week of August, mosquitoes from one of the monitoring stations in the City of Regina have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This indicates that the virus is present in the city and circulating at low levels at this stage.

With rain this week, mosquitoes will continue to circulate and so control measures will continue with the City of Regina providing the control programs in and around the city.

People are advised to take precautions when outside in areas with mosquitoes:
  • Cover up and use insect repellent;
  • Reduce the time spent outside between dusk and dawn when Culex tarsalis are most likely to bite;
  • Clear yards of items that can collect water;
  • Regularly clean and empty bird baths and eaves troughs;
  • Ensure rain barrels are covered with mosquito screen or are tightly sealed around the downspout;
  • Keep bushes, shrubs and lawns clear of overgrowth and debris; and
  • Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes.
More information about West Nile Virus, including symptoms, prevention measures and weekly surveillance reports is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/west-nile-virus.
For More Information:
Corynn Hubick
Acting Director, Corporate Communications and Medical Media Services
RQHR Communications
Email: corynn.hubick@rqhealth.ca
Phone: 306-766-5289