Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

State DEP: More reports of West Nile Virus in The Valley

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
Melissa Porter | 09 July, 2018, 18:56

Mosquitoes in Boston have tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this season.

The Eastern Equine Encephalitis sample was collected near the 1000 block of Indian River Road. The Vector Control Division dispatched crews to those areas and fogged Berkeley/Campostella neighborhoods, according to a news release from the city.

Noack said they are working to spray streets and mosquito breeding areas, such as Spring Creek.

In 2017, 104 pools or batches of mosquitoes and one bird tested positive for West Nile virus.

Vector Control already started fogging some of the areas. Fogging will continue this week and next week, weather permitting, along with storm drain treatments, larviciding and backyard inspections, officials said. People with certain medical conditions and the elderly are more at risk. People who do, usually suffer a mild flu-like illness.

In about 1 in 150 cases, however, the infected may develop a severe illness that may affect the central nervous system, causing inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) or of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

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.

Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Make sure that roof gutters drain properly, clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds, and remove leaf debris from yards and gardens.

Norfolk Department of Public Health maintains a mosquito hotline for residents by calling 757-683-2914, option #4.