While most of us are enjoying the summer heat, some other small pesky insects are enjoying it as well. 

The increased heat can also cause a higher amount of mosquitoes who carry the West Nile Virus. 

"If you have constant temperatures of 18 degrees, it takes about 30 days for the virus to become infectious in the mosquito. If average temperatures are 30 degrees, those mosquitoes can become infectious in a week," informed Dr. Digby Horn of Central Zone Alberta Health Services. 

The virus is trasmitted through the mosquitos who have carried the infected blood and bit another human or animal. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and protection website, most people who have been infected by the virus do not experience any symptoms and usually recover. 

Some symptoms of the virus can include headaches, body aches, vomiting and rashes. 

"A preventive factor, of course, is insect repellent. Also people should look around them and remove obvious sources of standing water, for example, if you have water barrels, just keep those covered so you don't get mosquito larvae in there," suggested Horn. mos2Low waters are breeding grounds for mosquitoes

While West Nile can be found all across North America, it can be more prominent in certain areas. 

"Typically, cases occur later in the summer and inittally start in the southeast part of the province," said Horn. 

If you feel like you are having symptoms of West Nile Virus please contact a medical professional immediately. 

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