First positive West Nile virus mosquito sample of 2018 detected in MA

First positive West Nile virus mosquito sample of 2018 detected in MA

KEELPNO said the patients are from western Attica, but noted that the virus' circulation areas in the current season can not be safely predicted, as WNV's epidemiology is determined by many factors. Is there a vaccine available to prevent the infection? Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.

Homeowners should drain standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs and fix screens when necessary. Cases of West Nile virus occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites.

Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor, also says, "Encouraging your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their own property is critical to a community-wide control program".

Reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours, between dusk and dawn. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE.

■ Apply bug repellent when outside, but be mindful of using certain chemical ingredients like DEET on small children.

Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

Installing or repairing window screens. People older than 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Illness from West Nile virus is usually mild and includes fever, head and body aches, and possibly a rash. Due to the known activity of West Nile virus in the area, birds will no longer be collected for testing for the virus by the Benton-Franklin Health District.

People who are experiencing symptoms of West Nile virus are encouraged to contact their local health care provider. If someone develops any of the symptoms listed above, they should see their healthcare provider for evaluation and care.