Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are the type of skitters that can carry and transit the West Nile virus that has caused so much excitement in North America. The fact that mosquito traps caught a few more just proves that they are there and they are here to stay. Nobody seriously believes that we will ever be able to get rid of mosquitoes in Manitoba. So don’t hope that all the spraying in the World will rid us of: Culex tarsalis.

On the lighter side, the findings were still a bit away from the Eastern Beaches area, they were in: the towns of Deloraine and Boissevain. But I am sure they won’t stay there, but we may have a respite of a year or two.

Also, the infection caused by the West Nile virus is similar to a flu infection. It can be very mild, hardly felt at all, or turn deadly. It depends on the constitution of the infected person and on other prior health risks. In that respect maybe we should just regard it as another type of influenza and live with it. There’s enough flu bugs around, so one more or less won’t make that much of a difference. 


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