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Early Mosquitoes May Bring West Nile

April 10, 2010 — Oga Nwobosi explains that mild weather in British Columbia brings early mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are out early this year in British Columbia and the mild weather may be to blame.

While mosquitoes, like other insects, are important to the ecosystem, they also can carry disease.

Last year, British Columbia recorded its first cases of West Nile Virus.

Dr. Bonnie Henry of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control tells the Weather Network that the province's mild winter and wet early spring has created a hospitable environment for mosquitoes.

That has her worried because some of the insects that may have been carriers of the West Nile Virus could have survived the winter. If West Nile carrying mosquitoes survived, that could lead to the illness reemerging this year.

The good news is that The Weather Network's Spring Forecast is calling for below normal precipitation.

That's bad news for the mosquito population that prefers a damp environment.

The key to avoiding mosquito bites is to wear insect repellant, avoid going out in peak mosquito times of the day and wearing long sleeves and pants.You can also check the Bug Report on The Weather Network website to find out how the insects are in your area.

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