BOSTON (WWLP) – For the first time this summer, mosquitoes in Boston have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to Boston Health Commission.
The positive samples were from a mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain. However, the BHC reports that there have been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illness in Boston this year.
“This is the time of year when we often begin to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Boston,” said Dr. Anita Barry, director the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Public Health Commission. “Periods of hot weather and heavy rain can contribute to the appearance of West Nile.”
The BHC says people should take some simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
Use insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to be biting and, when possible, wearing long sleeves and pants.
People should also mosquito-proof their home by making sure that their window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting into the house.
To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use.
The virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bit of a mosquito infected with the virus, but it poses a low risk to humans, according to the Commission.
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