The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the city are warning people to safeguard against mosquitoes after two traps in Saskatoon confirmed cases of West Nile Virus.
With the warm weather sweeping through Saskatchewan last week, traps are detailing a sharp increase in West Nile infected mosquitoes that indicate a greater risk of infection, the SHA said in a media release Friday.
To reduce any risk of infection, the SHA says to wear insect repellent containing DEET, Icardidin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
The Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are active from mid-July to the end of August and are more prevalent during dawn and dusk hours, especially two hours after sunset.
People should reduce the time they spend outdoors during those hours and wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid bites.
Mosquitoes may also be more attracted to people wearing colognes and perfumes.
West Nile Virus is mosquito borne and can be transmitted to humans if bit by an already infected mosquito. Symptoms of the virus include fever headaches and body aches, while most people who get infected show no signs of the virus at all.
Eliminating any standing water will also greatly reduce chances of infection.