During a conference call Friday afternoon, Dr. Mark Vooght, chief medical officer for Five Hills Health Region (FHHR), confirmed the Saskatchewan resident hospitalized due to West Nile neurological syndrome is from FHHR.
Although the region does include the Moose Jaw Union Hospital, Vooght could not confirm the exact location of the case.
He said there are six other possible West Nile cases in Saskatchewan under investigation at this time. However, those are not in the region.
Vooght said the recent cases under investigation most likely were infected during the last couple of weeks in August, which isn't surprising as the province had warned residents of infected mosquitoes pools in the regions, especially in the south due to the warmer weather experienced here.
Vooght wanted to remind the public that most of those who become infected with West Nile virus experience mild to no symptoms.
He said the most common symptom people experience is extreme fatigue.
"It's quite a rare occurrence to have nervous system involvement or what we call West Nile neurological syndrome and commonly this can include the symptoms and signs of (inflammation of the brain)."
For most people who become infected, Vooght said symptoms include mild fever, headaches and body aches. He said if these symptoms progress and you find yourself with a persistent high fever or confusion, seek medical attention.
Vooght said at that time doctors will test for the virus, as well as rule out any other illnesses that my present similar symptoms.
The message of the day is, Vooght said, as the weather begins to cool and we move further into September, the risk level to catch the virus continues to drop, especially after the recent freeze.
However he said the risk can never really reach zero due to the fact that mosquitoes, as the weather cools, can continue to lurk in cool dark places, such as barns, sheds, basements and even garages for up to a couple of months.
"(The risk) is probably never zero ... There may be the odd positive one still lurking around, so we still need to avoid contact."
He understands it is hard to avoid every bite even when taking precautions.
"For the average person (symptoms will be mild). It is only those people who develop severe symptoms of West Nile that would present themselves to the emergency room."
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