Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

So far, one trap in Markham has tested positive.

The West Nile virus has already infected seventeen individuals in counties in Texas, California and Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Nile Virus is in Davis.

Insect-proof your home by repairing or replacing screens.

In 2019, there were five human cases of West Nile Virus infection identified in MA.

The risk of human infection with West Nile virus in MA is considered "generally low" at this time, according to state health officials.

"West Nile virus can be passed through the bite of an infected mosquito and may cause serious illness".

Information about current mosquito activity will continue to be updated regularly and can be found here. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so officials say citizens should restrict their outside action throughout that time. To help reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito, recommendations are to drain standing water where mosquitoes breed, keep covered and use repellent. Wear long-sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin.

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