Mosquito bites are one of the downside of summer, but it could be even worse if a bite leads to West Nile.
Dr. Albert DeVilliers, Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services, says West Nile cannot be contracted in the northern parts of the province and that people should be more cautious when down south of Edmonton.
Peak time is from mid-July to mid-August, and Dr. DeVilliers says the best way to avoid bites is to stay indoors, especially at dawn and dusk.
If you are outside, he also has some tips to deter the mosquitoes.
“The best thing to do is to use insect repellent with deet specifically because it is actually scientifically proven to keep the mosquitoes away and then also to wear long-sleeved clothing, and specifically light coloured clothing,” said DeVilliers.
West Nile symptoms resemble those of a bad cold, which is unusual for the summer months, so if you start showing symptoms such as fever or nausea, seek medical attention.