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Mosquitoes breeding away, but West Nile threat minimal

<p>The blood-sucking pests only need temperatures to stay above 15 C at night for mating, but catching West Nile in the Edmonton region is still rare, says a Capital Health environmental director.</p>




Expect to do some more swatting this summer during picnics or outdoor events.





That’s because temperatures in Edmonton that soared to the 30-degree-mark last week provided pesky mosquitoes ideal conditions for mating, say officials with Capital Health.





The blood-sucking pests only need temperatures to stay above 15 C at night for mating, but catching West Nile in the Edmonton region is still rare, says a Capital Health environmental director.





“The Edmonton region is not a hotbed for West Nile for the simple reason that the type of mosquito that transmits the disease is not common to the area,” said Dr. Nelson Fok, assistant director of environmental health with Capital Health.





No cases of West Nile have been seen in Edmonton in the last three years, said Fok. However, 40 cases were reported in Alberta last summer.


 
 
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