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The mosquitos are coming and so is West Nile virus

Last Updated Jul 18, 2019 at 10:58 am MST

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Like it or not, the dreaded mosquito will be back in full force this summer, but it’s not just the annoying bites you should worry about.

The rainy weather has already created perfect breeding grounds for the bugs according to University of Calgary professor Dr. Craig Jenne.

“This summer is going to be a bit rough with the mosquitos. Anytime we get standing water, so these wet weeks have filled the slews, filled the ditches, filled the containers in our backyards and now that it’s warm enough, the mosquitos are going to start hatching.”

With mosquitos ready to invade like an army, Dr. Jenne said you need to be aware of West Nile Virus and the symptoms it can carry.

“Headache, tired, a little bit of body ache. In a small number of people so about 1 per cent, it gets severe. (It) can lead to things like seizures, extreme tiredness, stiff neck.”

Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine or treatment for West Nile Virus which means prevention is the best medicine.

“Wearing long sleeves, pants, mosquito repellent especially containing DEET,” said Dr. Jenne. “Basically avoid getting bitten. Take a look at your property, if you have standing water dump it, get rid of the mosquito breeding grounds that will make life a little easier at home.”

According to Alberta Health, 50 cases of West Nile Virus were reported last year with seven of those in the Calgary region.