West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Boston

09 July, 2018, 18:55 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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If you think you have symptoms of West Nile Virus, see your doctor right away.

Most people bitten do not get sick.

Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs. No Massachusetts residents have tested positive for West Nile virus this year.

While vector-spraying to reduce mosquito populations is one tool in the public health tool shed, state health officials say it isn't an end-all solution that will solve the problems associated with mosquitoes.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.

Olivares said an aggressive policy of preventing and correcting standing water is necessary, along with keeping lawns and pastures well maintained and mowed regularly and free of debris, especially of items that could collect water. "However, people should still take simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites".

Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.

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Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

The DOH said the best way to prevent West Nile is to protect yourself from mosquito bites: wear long sleeves and trousers when outdoors; avoid time outside at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active; use an EPA-registered insect repellant; protect children and babies with mosquito netting when they are outdoors; mosquito-proof your home; get rid of standing water in things like gutters and empty flower pots, which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and making frequent changes to birdbath water.

Use a larvicide in water that can't be drained to keep mosquitoes from developing.

Sentinel chickens are used to monitor diseases in the area.

District officials warned residents to watch out during the early morning and evening hours, when mosquitoes are most active.

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