What might seem like a positive is creating a false sense of security according to a Medical Health Officer. 

Even though there doesn't seem to be as much of a risk with West Nile cases in the region this year compared to last, officials are still saying that there's a strong possibility that a resident could contract the virus. 

"We're getting more positive pools, which means more mosquitoes in the traps that are actually carrying the virus. That has a really important relevance for people to take more precautions because we know for sure that mosquitoes are infected," explained Dr David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer.

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, during the first week of August, the number of mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile was 6.6%, but it jumped to 22.4% the following week in our region. 

"One thing that is deceptive is that this year the mosquito numbers are relatively low, but although they are low it's the type of mosquito that carries the West Nile Virus that is comprising the most significant proportion of the total mosquito population," added Dr Torr. "It's out there and we need to take precautions."

He also suggests covering up with long-sleeved shirts and wearing long pants to protect yourself, along with spraying bug repellent on your body and not spending long periods of time outside. 

More Local News

Provincial Budget Investing In Intersection Safety

The 2019-20 Budget is balanced and is providing support for mental health and for vulnerable families to increasing funding to classrooms and improvements to highway safety. To improve safety at…

Street Closure Due To Sewer Replacement

There is a road closure in the Energy City today. Safety Coordinator with the City Of Estevan Helen Fornwald, "The City of Estevan would like to advise the public, that the 10 hundred block of Valley…

The Estevan Army Cadet Corp Holding 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered In April

The No.2901 Estevan Elks Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp will be hosting the 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered Presentation in April. Its a way for the…

Rock Your Socks Off For Down Syndrome Awareness

On World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday 21 March 2019, the Down Syndrome community is calling upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world to “leave no one behind”. Kala Wock local resident on…

Recreational Needs Assessment

The announcement was made by the City of Estevan yesterday about a new Recreational Needs Assessment that has already started to gather information from our community about what our city needs moving…

City in Holding Pattern Awaiting Carbon Tax Impact

Even the most devoted fans of April Fools Day aren't looking forward to the first of the month this year as the federally instituted carbon tax looms. The exact nature of the tax's impact on…

Provincial Budget 2019: First Look

A balanced budget, as promised. Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered the 2019-20 budget in the Legislature Wednesday afternoon, posting a $34 million surplus. The budget includes…

CEO of Saskatchewan Chamber Speaks in Estevan

The Estevan Chamber of Commerce held their AGM yesterday and the guest speaker at the luncheon was Steve McLellan, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. He adressed some of the economic…

Estevan Mayor Dissects Federal Budget

With an election year federal budget dropping on Tuesday, March 19 and some controversial tax changes forthcoming, Estevan mayor Roy Ludwig perused the federal budget and picked out a few key items…

Leadership Class Now Offered At ECS

The Estevan Comprehensive School has continued to see an increase in students wanting to learn skills that will help them long after they graduate. Josh LeBlanc, "Leadership 30 focuses on developing…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login