West Nile Virus Detected in Fairhaven Mosquito Sample
A mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was trapped in Fairhaven.
Patricia Fowle, Fairhaven's Board of Health Agent, says the mosquito was trapped last week in the west quadrant of the town. Fowle tells WBSM News though it may sound routine, everyone needs to protect against the parasites. "People tend to get a little sleepy about the same message over and over. But it's so important to protect ourselves, and that is a personal responsibility for each of us," said Fowle.
That includes removing any standing water from your property, as stagnant water is a favorite breeding ground for mosquitos. Also wearing long-sleeve clothing during the early morning and evening hours, as well as EPA approved insect repellent can go a long way from protecting against mosquito bites.
Fowle says the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project routinely sprays the town for mosquitos once a week. The sprays usually take place early Thursday mornings near the center of town and at the town's parks and recreational areas.
In Massachusetts, one human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Middlesex County. Fairhaven's is one of 66 mosquito samplings that tested positive for the virus across the state.