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Saskatchewan area hit hardest by West Nile

Moose Jaw

e West Nile virus infection rate among people in an area of south-central Saskatchewan last summer was higher than anywhere else in North America.

A study released yesterday shows nearly one in 10 people in the region around Moose Jaw was infected during an outbreak of the disease on the Prairies last year.

It also shows people in rural areas were five times more likely to contract the virus because of increased exposure to mosquitoes that carry the disease. Last year, 1,200 Canadians were diagnosed with West Nile disease, and 10 of them died. Saskatchewan was the hardest hit with more than 900 human cases and six deaths. CP

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