Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

West Nile virus detected in southern ME mosquito pool

The entrance to Veterans Memorial Park in Tisbury Lucas Thors The entrance to Veterans Memorial Park in Tisbury Lucas Thors
Melissa Porter | 31 August, 2018, 07:55

Recently, the DPH raised the risk level for West Nile virus in all of MA from low, to moderate.

Mosquitoes in York County have tested positive for West Nile virus and Mainers should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

Steps to reduce your risk of West Nile Virus include wearing long-sleeves, long trousers, using mosquito repellant, avoiding being outside during dawn and dusk, using screens on windows or doors, emptying sitting water and cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools.

The most effective way to protect against WNV infection and all mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent mosquito bites.

Earlier this week, the Maine CDC said an adult from Cumberland County was diagnosed with West Nile virus.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

- Use an EPA-approved repellent on skin and clothes - always follow the instructions on the label.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

- Use screens on your windows and doors.

In a statement, IDPH Director Nirav Shah M.D., J.D. says that while the end of summer is nearing, "West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost". VDH has received reports of WNV [West Nile Virus] from multiple regions of the state for a combined total of 12 human cases in 2018.

Michael Hokanson, with the North Central Health District, confirms there have been under 5 cases reported in the district. Of that number, two were Montgomery County residents.

Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

The CDC has reported less than 20 cases every year dating back to 2013.