Two new, non-human cases of West Nile found in Saskatchewan
There are new cases of the West Nile Virus in Saskatchewan, but not in people.
In August, a man in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region tested positive for the virus, but only found out after donating blood. Now two new cases have been found in animals.
The Ministry of Health found a positive mosquito sample in south-eastern Saskatchewan, and a horse was infected near Saskatoon. The ministry continues to track the virus, and the mosquito that carries it, called culex tarsalis.
"Perhaps (more) human cases (are possible) as the weather stays as hot and humid as it has been," conceded Phil Curry, the provincial west nile specialist. He explained that the culex tarsalis, also known as an ankle biter, will keep biting as long as the temperature stays around 14 degrees celsius or higher.
In 2007, there were more than 1,400 people diagnosed with the virus, and six deaths because of it.
Edited by CJME's Courtney Mintenko