Sask. man dies from West Nile virus

A man in his early 60s, from rural Saskatchewan, has died from the most serious form of West Nile virus.

The province’s chief medical health officer said Oct. 1 there are now five confirmed cases of West Nile illness in the province and four of them are the serious form. Another seven suspected cases of infection are under investigation.

However, Dr. Saqib Shahab repeated that the risk is low as the weather cools and the mosquitoes that spread the virus disappear.

He said the people who developed symptoms this year were likely exposed in late August and early September when the risk was moderate.

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