The risk of West Nile Virus has increased within an area of Saskatchewan. 

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the West Nile Virus risk has been moved from minor to moderate in the last week, as some infected bugs have shown up in a trap in the Estevan area. 

"When at a moderate risk level its about paying attention to protecting ourselves its about prevention essentially," explained Medical Health Officer, Dr. Lanre Medu. "At this point the level of risk, particularly in the south eastern part of the province where the risk is highest at this point, the risk for the population, is still relatively low."

Although the risk is low, Dr. Medu noted that it's still important to protect ourselves from pesky mosquitoes.

"At this point it's more about individual protection and that is when you need to go outdoors use protective insect repellents".

It seems common to hear about the West Nile Virus, however the impact of it on your body can be quite sever according to Dr. Medu. 

"Symptoms of West Nile Virus it ranges from minor symptomatic to sever forms. Which is the neuro-invasive form (of) the disease that effects the brain and the nervous system. It ranges from being totally asymptomatic where the individual really doesn't know about it and in some instances becomes an incidental find".

He also noted to watch out for symptoms like nausea, headaches, muscle pain and fever.

Only 5% of mosquito pools tested positive last week so while there is a risk, health officials aren't too worried just yet.

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