An Alexandria man has died after contracting the West Nile Virus, and health officials are urging the public to protect themselves against mosquitos. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
So far, neither virus has been found in humans or horses. In 2016, 95 West Nile cases and one West Nile-related death were reported.
The treatment will provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations, but community members can still do their part to help control mosquitos. However, the risk level for West Springfield is still moderate.
The positive sample was found in a pool of mosquitoes tested by the Kent County Health Department in the Grand Rapids zip code of 49507, according to a news release from the department.
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
The West Nile virus was first detected in New York City 18 years ago.
The West Nile Virus has reached another part of Western Massachusetts. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue. However, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September. "For more information about West Nile virus, and how to avoid it, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv or call 311".