West Nile Edging Its Way Further North

Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 14:55




The medical health officer for the Prince Albert area says the discovery of a case of West Nile virus near Shellbrook should not be a big concern for northerners.


It was announced yesterday that a dead crow found near Shellbrook recently was infected with West Nile.


This is the furthest north in this province that a bird has tested positive for the virus.


But Dr. Leo Lanoie doesn’t expect to see the virus show up in Northern Saskatchewan anytime soon.


However, Lanoie does admit it’s a little unsettling to find a case of West Nile this far north.


Lanoie notes the risk to most people is relatively low.


Saskatchewan has yet to record its first human case of West Nile.