West Nile-Positive Mosquito Pool Found in Boston
A pond in Jamaica Plain has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Just last week, investigators found the first EEE infected mosquitos of the season in Mass. and the week prior, the first West Nile Virus infected bugs.
The BPHC performed tests earlier this week and confirmed one positive mosquito pool in JP. However, the agency says that there’s been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston so far this year. Also, WNV has appeared in mosquitoes in Boston since 2000, so while there is no reason to be alarmed, it is important to protect yourself from these pesky creatures.
“This is the time of year when we often begin to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Boston,” said Dr. Anita Barry, director the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Public Health Commission. “Periods of hot weather and heavy rain can contribute to the appearance of West Nile, and people should take some simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites.”
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These steps include using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to be biting and, when possible, wearing long sleeves and pants. People should also mosquito-proof their home by making sure that their window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting into the house.
To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, the Boston Public Health Commission advises people to turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use.
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