The swatting and blood-letting is well underway in Saskatchewan this summer. Mosquitoes are thriving throughout the province.

But so far, the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus (WNv) have not tested positive for the disease in Saskatoon Health Region.

The Region did not experience many cases in 2008 or 2009. In 2007 Saskatoon Health Region experienced a record year for WNv cases. Provincially, the number of people infected with WNv in 2007 surpassed the previous record as well.

WNv is transmitted by bites from infected mosquitoes. Less than one in a hundred mosquitoes in a given area will carry the disease, and less than one in a hundred people bitten by an infected mosquito will develop serious symptoms. However, it is important to remember that if you do become infected the result could be serious.
For more information on precautions you can take to reduce the chance of a mosquito bite, visit Saskatoon Health Region’s website.