Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Mass. reports 1st West Nile virus positive mosquito

Mass. reports 1st West Nile virus positive mosquito

Among the 1 in 5 individuals who develop illness, they will generally experience mild symptoms that may include: headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash.

Eliminating standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as in buckets, flower pots, bird baths, toys or wading pools.

Sudia says so far there has never been a mosquito in Multnomah County that has tested positive for West Nile, although mosquitoes in both southern and eastern OR have. Children under the age of three years old should not be exposed to oil of eucalyptus and DEET should not be used on children under two months old.

If possible, stay indoors during prime mosquito biting times: dusk and dawn. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning in areas of high risk.

Personal protective measures, such as wearing long, loose, light-colored clothing and applying insect repellent before going outdoors greatly reduces the risk of mosquito bites.

Place Mosquito Dunks in stagnant water areas around your home which include ditches and low lying areas. Check rain gutters and drains.

Maintaining door and window screens so they fit tightly and are free of holes.

KEELPNO said the patients are from western Attica, but noted that the virus' circulation areas in the current season can not be safely predicted, as WNV's epidemiology is determined by many factors. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

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