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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Oakbank

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Mosquitoes are tested for West Nile Virus.

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Mosquitoes are tested for West Nile Virus.

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in Oakbank, the province announced today.

The infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes were collected during the week of July 20 from an adult mosquito trap in Oakbank, just east of Winnipeg on Highway 206. It’s the first recorded sample of infected mosquitoes in Manitoba this summer.

The province notes that the most recent information indicates the number of infected mosquitoes is predicted to be low for the area, and those low sample numbers do not necessitate the need for adult mosquito control measures.

The office of Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors says exposure to West Nile-infected mosquitoes is expected to continue in the coming weeks across Southern Manitoba, especially if warm and dry conditions persist in the region.

Presently, no human cases of West Nile virus have been identified in Manitoba.

The province reminds residents that they can reduce the risk of mosquito bites and exposure to West Nile virus by reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours (dusk and dawn), using appropriate mosquito repellent, wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and eliminating any standing water (ditches, eavestroughs, bird baths) near their homes.

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