West Nile virus detected in Rockland County mosquitoes

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus, and the medications given to patients are for the relief of symptoms. In short, people with weak immune systems should be more aware of the virus effects.

The first postitive test for West Nile virus in MA this year was in a mosquito in Weymouth near the end of last month, the state Department of Public Health said.

"In 2017, there were six human cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Lake County", said Mark Pfister, Executive Director for the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.

The City of Boston is aiming to reduce the mosquito population through truck-mounted aerosol spraying, and by placing larvicide in basins and wetlands, the commission said.

- Dispose of old tires.

New Bedford is taking precaution against diseases spread by mosquitoes.

Cover exposed skin with long trousers and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible.

Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

Make sure window screens are in good fix. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Surveillance efforts consist of a systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.

In a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research sponsored event in the Valley, a collaboration of agencies including Texas AgriLife and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, have joined forces with other state and local agencies to solve threats from the pests as members of the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.

District officials warned residents to watch out during the early morning and evening hours, when mosquitoes are most active.