Weekly samples sent to the Ministry of Health for testing came back positive, indicating people in the city are now at a greater risk of infection.
WNV is a mosquito-borne virus that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The main species that carries WNV in Saskatchewan is Culex tarsalis.
Most infected people will experience no symptoms. However, there is a small chance of developing a more serious illness, known as WNV neuroinvasive disease, which can lead to inflammation of the brain and even death.
Typically, the Culex tarsalis are active from mid-July to the end of August.
Health officials are advising people in Saskatoon and surrounding areas to take the necessary protective measures to lower their chance of being bitten by mosquitoes for the rest of the summer.
To reduce your risk of WNV infection, people can do the following:
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