One Saskatchewan resident has been hospitalized due to West Nile neurological syndrome and six others are under investigation for West Nile Virus infections.
The recent cases likely became infected during the last weeks of August and early September. The risk level is now low.
Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or mild illness such as fever, headaches and body aches. However, there is a small risk for the more serious West Nile neurological syndrome. This includes encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, says Sasktchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.
"People who develop symptoms such as severe headaches, persistent high fever or confusion should seek medical attention immediately," said Shahab. "However, we are nearing the end of the summer season and the risk of West Nile Virus has gone down significantly."
Anyone with questions about symptoms, or need advice on whether to seek help can call the HealthLine at 811.