Mosquito With West Nile Virus Found in Burlington, Burlington, MA, West Nile Virus, Mosquitos

 August 17 2015

Mosquito With West Nile Virus Found in Burlington

By: BNEWS

The following is a release from the Burlington Board of Health: 

 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has announced that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Burlington, Massachusetts on August 6, 2015.  WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.  While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.  


By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites


• Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing. 


• Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.


• Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label.  DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home


• Drain standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.  During the summer, mosquito larvae can complete their development in water within a week.


• Properly maintain unused swimming pools. Mosquitoes commonly lay eggs in neglected swimming pools, water in loose fitting pool covers or tarps, and plastic toys.  If your swimming pool is not in use, please contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Commission for information on obtaining free mosquito larvacide treatment for swimming pool water.


• Install or repair screens. Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

The Burlington Board of Health continues to work closely with MDPH and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project.  For further information on WNV, log onto the MDPH web site at www.mass.gov/mosquitoesandticks. If residents have any questions about mosquitoes or how to control them, contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730 or the Burlington Board of Health at 781-270-1955.  

 
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