West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Boston

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West Nile virus is an infectious disease that was first introduced to the United States in 1999. There were three human cases of West Nile virus reported in 2017.

City officials urged residents to practice the "five Ds of prevention".

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. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.

"Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin".

"Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of West Nile virus, are most abundant in mid- to late summer, when the weather is hot", said Michael Adam, Senior Biologist for the Health Department.

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.

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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.

On June 28, mosquitoes in Suffolk tested positive for the West Nile Virus and EEE.

Maytubby notes that West Nile Virus can be debilitating and deadly.

"Today's announcement of the West Nile Virus detection is a reminder of the importance of protecting ourselves from the threat of mosquito-borne illness".

The department says most people who are bitten do not get sick and the people who do usually suffer a mild flu-like illness. "Just one bite from an infected mosquito could change your future". In some individuals, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting [West Nile virus]".

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