A mosquito pool in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood has tested positive for West Nile virus, health officials announced Friday.
During the summer months, MDPH collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The West Nile virus previously was found on Northumberland and Montour County.
Make use of repellents containing DEET (read the instructions before) as often as needed.More news: Phil Thompson urges Liverpool to sign Harry Maguire
"Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin".
Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
Other precautions people can take to minimize mosquito exposure are to fix or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, and reduce or eliminate all standing water.More news: Big crash for Hartley, Hamilton leads final British practice
Sandy Bubke, Monona County Environmental Health Manager, will be out conducting mosquito surveillance from May through July as part of a grant received from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Apart from being detected in mosquitoes and humans, West Nile virus has also been detected in several bird species. Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths. Eight out of 10 people who get West Nile Virus do not get any symptoms at all, while others may experience mild symptoms such as headache, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pains, and rashes. However, some may become ill usually three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms can be treated, but there is no specific treatment for the virus. According to the Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.More news: Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at businesses