Albertans reminded to protect themselves from West Nile virus infection

Alberta Health Services
News release

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding Albertans to take precautions necessary to protect themselves against West Nile virus infection.

“With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus,” says Dr. Albert de Villiers, Medical Officer of Health – North Zone. “Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s important to avoid being bitten at all.”

Whenever engaging in outdoor activities, or even just relaxing outside, all Albertans should take these simple steps to prevent bites and protect themselves from West Nile virus:

. Wear a long-sleeved, light-coloured shirt, pants, and a hat.

. Use insect repellent with DEET.

. Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

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