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One in 10 had West Nile

By Danielle Lepage

West Nile virus infected more people in the Five Hills Health Region in 2003 than any other region across North America since the virus first appeared on the continent in 1999, a new comprehensive study says.

The Five Hills region, including Moose Jaw, Assiniboia, Gravelbourg, Mossbank and Willow Bunch, had an infection rate four times the provincial average. One in ten adults (10 per cent) who participated in the study had evidence of an infection.

“I think it’s really quite a striking result; it’s much higher than in anywhere else in North America,” Saskatchewan’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ross Findlater told a news conference in Moose Jaw Thursday.

Read the original article at: Leader-Post

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