A Saskatchewan resident is in hospital this week as a result of West Nile neurological syndrome, and six others are under investigation for West Nile virus infections.
The infected people were likely exposed to the virus during late August or early September, a Government of Saskatchewan press release reads.
This brings the year’s total human infections in the province to eight -- all of which were discovered in the province’s south.
The hot spot is the province’s mixed-grass prairie area, which includes the Sun Country, Regina Qu’Appelle, Five Hills, Cypress and Heartland Health Regions, where five of the human cases were noted.
The moist mixed-grass prairie (Sunrise, Saskatoon, Prairie North Health Regions) has noted three.
The mixed grass prairie has seen 39 mosquito pools test positive, and the moist mixed-grass prairie has seen two.
The boreal transition region, which includes the Prince Albert Parkland and Kelsey Trail, has seen no pools test positive -- nor has the boreal forest, which includes the Mamawetan Churchill River and Keewatin Yatthé Health Regions.
People who develop symptoms such as severe headaches, persistent high fever or confusion should seek medical attention immediately. ,” Saskatchewan’s chief medical health office Saqib Shahab
“People who develop symptoms such as severe headaches, persistent high fever or confusion should seek medical attention immediately,” Saskatchewan’s chief medical health office Saqib Shahab said in a release.
“However, we are nearing the end of the summer season, and the risk of West Nile Virus has gone down significantly.”
The government encourages people with questions about symptoms to call the province’s HealthLine at 811.