Recently, the communities from Moose Jaw and the south of Assiniboia Area have received bad news. Because of mosquitoes, the risk of being infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) has increased. The information has been confirmed by The Saskatchewan Health Authority. The authority declared that recently, they found a colony of these nasty insects and ”the family members” have tested positive for the virus.
Dr. Mark Vooght, Medical Officer at the Saskatchewan Health Authority says that the warm weather expected during the following days could increase the number virus carriers which are flying around. In this case, he is warning the residents from the affected area to avoid doing activities outside and protect themselves and their children.
Protection is important in every situation
During hot summer days, people are doing all sort of outdoor activities. However, they shouldn’t forget about protection because this is the only way for reducing the risk of contracting the West Nile virus. It’s helpful if you wear full-length clothing, like pants and shirts with long sleeves. Also, you shouldn’t start camping, hiking or biking without applying repellent spray on uncovered parts of your body: face, hands and others.
Dr. Vooght added that the virus is quite serious and the authorities’ warnings should not be ignored. The present threat could be extended until late August, since experts are not sure yet what will happen with the West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes.
What are the virus’ symptoms?
The WNV has several flu-like symptoms: fever, shakes and muscle pains and aches. In some cases, it can become more severe and patients can develop nervous or neurological complications. Seniors, children and people with weak immune system are mots threatened by developing more serious degrees of the virus.
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