Manitoba Health and Seniors care says that the hot and dry conditions we are experiencing this summer have created the ideal condition for Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.
The province says that although human exposure to the virus is low at this time it is likely to increase through July and August.
Due to the conditions mosquitoes are searching for water to lay their eggs and have moved to areas such as smaller rivers and creeks. As a result the City of Winnipeg will be conducting larval control in these areas including the Seine River, Omand’s Creek and Sturgeon Creek later this week.
No cases of West Nile virus in human has been identified in Manitoba this season.
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