West Nile Virus

Spring 2003 CSANews Issue 46  |  Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.Back to list

It's mosquito season again!

According to Health Canada, last year there were 158 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Canada resulting in 11 deaths.

Although many who contract the virus develop either no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and body ache, severe cases can cause permanent neurological damage and even death.

How do you protect yourself?
  • Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most likely to feed
  • Wear socks, shoes, pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for long periods of time
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • Empty any barrels or bird baths with stagnant water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Contact health officials immediately if you see a dead bird (blue jays, crows and birds of prey are the worst offenders)