West Nile Virus

Last year, the Interior Health Authority reported no mosquito West Nile virus (WNv) detections nor any human cases in the summer of 2012. Based on current evidence, the possibility of a more substantial human outbreak seems unlikely. Therefore, preemptive mosquito larviciding is no longer warranted as a precautionary risk‐reduction measure, and as such, the Ministry of Health will not be distributing funding for the 2013 spring/summer WNv program.

However, Provincial and Health officials will be monitoring environmental conditions, conducting mosquito testing, and human and animal WNv case surveillance. Should the situation change and the risk seem elevated, a larviciding program may be implemented.

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