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Local health officials say protect yourself against West Nile

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We are coming into the high season for West Nile virus in the province.

On average during the summer, roughly 80% of all cases reported across Alberta are here in the south.

Local Medical Health Officer, Dr. Vivien Suttorp says the main message is to protect yourself against exposure the best you can. “With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus. Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s important to avoid being bitten at all.”

To protect against West Nile, here are some recommended things you can do:

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  • Wear a long-sleeved, light-coloured shirt, pants, and a hat.
  • Use an approved insect repellent (e.g. products containing DEET or Icaridin). For children younger than 12 years old, pay special attention to the percentage of repellent based on age.
  • For babies less than six months old, do not use any insect repellent. Instead, protect them with full-coverage clothing and a hat.
  • Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

From 2003 to 2018, 532 cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in Alberta, many of which were acquired here in the province and not travel-related. Of all of these cases, 458 were non-neurological syndrome.

Suttorp notes most people who’ve been exposed to West Nile through a mosquito bite never have symptoms, so cases are actually under-reported.

The height of the West Nile season is in August.

(Files from AHS News Release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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