Spraying ensues after West Nile found in buzzing pests

Spraying ensues after West Nile found in buzzing pests

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. Bugs collected in Cove Point and Lamb Avenue area tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States that affects an estimated 329,000 people annually and can cause severe damage to joints and the nervous system. "With planning and careful effort, West Nile infection can often be prevented", said Rick Dawson, Senior Manager of Surveillance and Investigation.

When outdoors, residents are advised to use repellents containing DEET, permethrin, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

If possible, stay indoors during prime mosquito biting times: dusk and dawn.

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Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. The risk of contracting the virus can be lowered through basic mosquito prevention measures, such as wearing long-sleeve shirts and trousers when outside, using DEET-based bug sprays, effective screening of windows in homes, avoiding mosquito breeding habitats and using mosquito netting over strollers when outside. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. West Nile virus was first identified in birds in IN in the summer of 2001. Windows and doors without screens should be kept shut, especially at night.

Last year, 30 towns in 6 counties had mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile.

"No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available", the CDC website states. Those whom develop symptoms may experience fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches approximately 3 to 14 days after the insect bite.

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