Mosquitoes In 2 Mass. Municipalities Test Positive For West Nile

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 15, 2018

Public health officials say two MA municipalities have mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus.

If you think you have contracted West Nile virus contact your doctor or other health care provider.

The city of New Bedford and town of Seekonk both announced Tuesday that West Nile virus was detected in mosquito samples.

"We encourage people to continue taking precautions and fighting the bite of mosquitoes that spread illness". The health unit states most people infected with the virus have no symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. OH in particular notes that 2018 has been the most active year for West Nile infections thus far, sparking concern that not enough is being done to prevent the virus from taking over the United States.

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has found West Nile virus in 65 batches of mosquitoes collected across the province so far this year. Overall, 106 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC.

In order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the public is urged to wear clothing to cover exposed skin, use an EPA-registered insect repellent, keep door and window screens closed and in good fix, and drain water where mosquitoes can grow.

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