Wednesday, 1 August 2018

West Nile Virus and Culex tarsalis (Aug 02, 2018; Wk 13)

West Nile Virus Risk –  The regions most advanced in degree-day accumulations for Culex tarsalis, the vector for West Nile Virus, are shown in the map below.  Areas highlighted yellow then orange are approaching sufficient heat accumulation for mosquitoes to emerge while mosquitoes will be flying in areas in red so wear DEET to stay protected! 

Health Canada posts information related to West Nile Virus in Canada.  Health Canada also tracks WNV through humanmosquitobird and horse surveillance.  Link here to access the most current weekly update (July 7, 2018) on 2018 testing (screenshot retrieved 25Jul2018 provided below for reference only).

The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative compiles and posts information related to their disease surveillance for West Nile Virus in birds.  As of June 28, 2018, 872 birds were examined and nine have tested positive for West Nile virus. View a screen shot of the summary of those results below: