First mosquitoes of season test positive for West Nile virus in Boston

  • First mosquitoes of season test positive for West Nile virus in Boston

First mosquitoes of season test positive for West Nile virus in Boston

Sentinel chickens have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and nine mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Norfolk, the Norfolk Department of Health announced Thursday.

Use insect repellants with DEET according to the manufacturer's directions.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.

The county's health department says the tests were done on mosquitoes collected June 28 in Highland Park.

Over 20 states have confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in 2018, 10 of which are from human cases.

Last year, more than 4,000 pools of up to 50 mosquitoes were tested and 89 pools tested positive for the virus. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting [West Nile virus]".

The best defense people have from EEE or West Nile is to use personal protection measures to guard against mosquito bites.

Visible symptoms can install between 5 to 15 day from the mosquitoes bite.

A little over three weeks after a consortium of public health officials gathered in the Texas Rio Grande Valley to discuss strategies for controlling mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika virus and West Nile Virus, rain-soaked South Texas is now experiencing a full-fledge explosion of mosquito populations, spawning quick action by city and county governments to step up vector control efforts to slow and hopefully control the invasion.

Worcester officials are urging residents to be cautious outside as West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in both Worcester and Auburn. If you think you have symptoms of West Nile Virus, see your doctor right away.

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