Environmental Health

Mosquito Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes are a natural part of the environment, but are also seen as a nuisance to most people. In NWT the risk of getting West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne diseases is very small due to our short season and the type of mosquitoes that are found in NWT. Mosquitoes currently found in NWT do not carry Malaria, West Nile Virus, or Zika Virus. It is a good practice to take steps to protect yourself while on vacation in other parts of Canada and the world from mosquito bites.

The Public Health Agency of Canada posts the latest information about West Nile Virus and Zika Virus on their website.

The NWT Office of the Chief Public Health Officer has prepared information sheets on the following topics:

Contact your local community health centre or public health unit if you have health questions.

Contact the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at (867) 767-9237 Ext. 53468 for questions about wildlife and mosquitoes.

Information for residents travelling outside of Canada

There is a higher risk of being infected by mosquitoes and other insects in other parts of Canada or of the world. Talk to your health care provider ahead of your travel date to ensure that you are protected.

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s posts the latest travel health notices detailing potential health risks to travellers and recommended protections measures: