Douglas County reports first confirmed West Nile virus case of 2017

Faith Castro
August 12, 2017

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is reminding Reginans to take the necessary precautions against West Nile Virus after mosquitoes carrying the disease were found in the city.

The health department says it has been testing mosquitoes in traps placed throughout the county since June.

"The fact that we have found West Nile in only one area does not mean that it is confined to that ZIP code", says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer with KCHD.

"With confirmation that West Nile virus is in the community, everyone needs to follow the recommendations for protecting yourself from mosquito bites", said Adi Pour, the county's health director.

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The West Nile virus was first detected in New York City 18 years ago, and since 1999, the number of human cases has ranged from three to 47 annually.

At this time only this specific pool has tested positive and no human cases have been reported.

Hancock Public Health recommends eliminating standing water, limiting outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, using insect repellent containing DEET, and wearing loose, light-colored clothing.

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