West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Boston

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a feeding female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its

Rockland County officials have issued a warning about the West Nile virus.

During the summer months, MDPH collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Remove standing water in and around homes, including in trash cans, toys, tires, flower pots and any other containers so mosquitoes can't lay their eggs.

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack's Mosquito Abatement Department said Thursday the West Nile activity has been more widespread than in recent seasons.

State health officials, a part of the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project, sprayed pesticides in parks, including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park and Fort Taber, and throughout downtown early this morning.

The virus was identified at a mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths.

There have been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in the city this year, but the Boston Public Health Commission is asking residents to mosquito-proof their homes to prevent possible bites and transmission of the virus. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL. Not everyone infected with West Nile Virus will become ill. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache.

Such severe illness may occur in people of any age, but those who are most at risk are those who are over 60 years old, as well as people with medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and hypertension.

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