Thursday, 16 August, 2018

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester, Auburn

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a feeding female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn; No humans have tested positive
Anna Jefferson | 09 July, 2018, 18:55

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from both Worcester and Auburn.

"Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of West Nile virus, are most abundant in mid- to late summer, when the weather is hot", said Michael Adam, Senior Biologist for the Health Department. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

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.

"Avoid being outdoors during DAWN and DUSK, when mosquitoes are most active; DRESS in long-sleeved clothing; use insect repellent with DEET; and DRAIN any standing water from around your home".

"The best thing for people to do is really to eliminate any places around their home where mosquitoes could be breeding", he said. Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths.

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People who get West Nile can become seriously sick and it can become fatal. West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes in MA and CT.

Mosquito pools that tested positive for WNV were collected from the Fairmont Park, Lafayette Shores, Norfolk Industrial Park and Edgewater areas. "Just one bite from an infected mosquito could change your future".

"Diseases like Zika and West Nile remain threats in Texas and we need everyone to do their part to protect themselves, their families and their communities", said Hellerstedt. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting [West Nile virus]". Residents can also call the Health Department's West Nile hotline to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus.

Original source can be found here.

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