West Nile Virus Found in Fall River Mosquitoes
FALL RIVER — West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Fall River, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.
State data shows three communities in Bristol County currently have a "moderate" risk of contracting the virus: Dighton, Rehoboth, and Swansea.
Last year 99 mosquitoes out of 7,156 mosquito samples in the state tested positive for the virus.
West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans via mosquito bites, according to the DPH.
Although the virus can infect people of all ages, those over 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
The DPH recommends avoiding mosquito bites by applying insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus on skin, or permethrin on clothing, before going outside.
Wearing long sleeves, long pants, and socks outdoors can also help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Be aware of peak mosquito hours, such as from dawn to dusk, and reschedule outdoor activities in the evening or early morning.
Residents can also mosquito-proof their homes by using tightly-fitting screens and by draining standing water to limit mosquito breeding areas.
Check rain gutters and drains, empty unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
For more information about West Nile Virus, mosquitoes, and other mosquito-borne diseases, visit www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.
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