West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester

A case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in the town, in conjunction with the Berkshire Mosquito Control.

Samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing, health department officials say.

"This is the first West Nile virus we've found in Lake County this year, and in most years, we continue to find West Nile virus into September".

The City of New Orleans is holding a news conference Friday with the Health Department to update the public on the latest West Nile findings. Twelve human cases of West Nile virus illness have been reported in California residents this year.

Infected mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, according to the release. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences.

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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state.

Mosquitoes that transmit WNV develop in the water in out-of-service swimming pools and spas, animal watering troughs, ornamental ponds, rain barrels, and other sources of standing water.

Hamilton County Public Health is urging resident to drain standing water and use mosquito larvicide on areas of standing water that can not be drained. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

For additional information on West Nile and mosquitoes from the health district, visit their website.

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