Mosquito in MetroWest Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus found in Perth County mosquitoes

West Nile Virus found in Perth County mosquitoes

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified Wayland Health that a "Culex" species mosquito collected from South Wayland on August 7 tested positive for West Nile Virus.

A mosquito in MetroWest has tested positive to West Nile Virus, according to the Wayland Health Department.

The warmer weather has contributed to a sharp increase in the number of West Nile virus infected mosquitoes in Saskatchewan, the health authority indicated in a media release Friday. MA and CT have also reported positive findings of WNV in mosquito samples this year.

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In 2017, there were 38 reported human infections of WNV and 4 WNV-related deaths reported in Orange County. Surveillance efforts will continue with trapping and testing of mosquitoes throughout Davis in order to determine next steps.

Dozens of states are reporting a boom in cases of people contracting West Nile Virus. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.

To protect yourself from the disease, experts recommend wearing insect repellent, avoid going outside between dawn and dusk which are peak mosquito feeding times, and to wear loose clothing. "The best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes".

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The mosquito-borne virus can be serious, especially for elderly people.

Schiffman says people who do experience symptoms usually are feverish and may experience body aches or a rash. No Yolo County residents have been diagnosed with the virus thus far this year.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

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When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6 percent lasts approximately two hours and 20 percent for four hours) and wash treated skin when returning indoors. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes and fix or replace screens with tears or holes.

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