West Nile virus found in Springfield mosquitos

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2018

The infected mosquitoes were collected by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and tested as part of an ongoing interagency mosquito surveillance program that helps the state better understand the risk of diseases spread by mosquitoes.

The department on Thursday told the city that collections from Worcester and Auburn carried West Nile Virus.

Mosquito pools that tested positive for WNV were collected from the Fairmont Park, Lafayette Shores, Norfolk Industrial Park and Edgewater areas.

"In 2017, there were six human cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Lake County", said Mark Pfister, Executive Director for the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.

Health officials recommend reducing mosquitoes around your home by removing any items that hold still water since that's where they lay their eggs.

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.

The city, in partnership with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project, has placed larvicide in catch basins and wetlands in an effort to reduce the mosquito population, officials said.

"Today's announcement of the West Nile Virus detection is a reminder of the importance of protecting ourselves from the threat of mosquito-borne illness".

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

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Montgomery County has seen a spike in West Nile virus activity this season.

A human can be transmitted West Nile from the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. "Just one bite from an infected mosquito could change your future". Symptoms can be treated, but there is no specific treatment for the virus. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache.

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