West Nile risk goes up with temperature

Higher temperatures could result in higher incidence of disease

Higher temperatures mean more mosquitoes, and the BC Centre for Disease Control is warning that some of them may carry West Nile Virus.

Increasing numbers of mosquitoes have been particularly noticeable in the Okanagan and the Fraser Valley, and people in those regions and elsewhere should take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted from birds to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

So far this year there have been no positive test results in B.C. from human, animal, or mosquito samples.



— Submitted by the BC

Centre for Disease Control (http://westnile.bccdc.org.)