Health officials are reminding Saskatchewan residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites as the risk for West Nile virus (WNV) continues to increase.
The risk of contracting WNV infection usually peaks late July and in August when the mosquitoes that carry the virus, Culex tarsalis, are most active and present in higher numbers.
“Protect yourself from mosquito bites by covering up and wearing repellents or reducing the amount of time spent outdoors,” Provincial West Nile Virus Coordinator Phil Curry said. “Mosquitoes can be active at any time but are most active in the evening and throughout the night.”
People can also minimize exposure to mosquitoes by eliminating mosquito habitats around their homes such as clearing yards of items that can collect water;
Updated information on WNV is posted every Friday noon on www.saskatchewan.ca/westnile.