Mosquitoes in Lisbon area test positive for West Nile Virus

West Nile cases in ND top 2017 quantity

West Nile cases in ND top 2017 quantity

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) increased the risk for additional cases of West Nile virus to "high" in Saugus and surrounding communities.

"Late August and early September has seen exceptionally hot, humid weather".

Officials confirmed one positive human case in Carrollton last week, Denton County's first this year, Denton County Public Health spokeswoman Jennifer Rainey said.

"If you develop fever or other symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, you should contact your health care provider", said Dr. Linda Bell, SC State Epidemiologist.

Most people infected with mosquito-borne viruses show no symptoms, however, people over age 50 years and children under the age of 16 are more likely to develop severe illness from the disease.

California health officials confirmed Monday two deaths in state due to the West Nile virus - one each in Glenn County and Yuba County.

The town of Carver has raised its risk level to moderate for West Nile Virus and has issued a set of precautions for residents to avoid being infected.


Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department.

Screens should be used to keep mosquitoes outside of homes.

Homeowners should drain standing water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

West Nile virus symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

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