SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – The first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in a man from Middlesex County.
Officials say he is recovering well, but Massachusetts Department of Public Health is urging residents to be careful for the rest of summer and fall.
West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites, and as we know, those are hard to avoid at parks.
But there are ways you can protect your family.
Experts say to lessen your risk, always wear bug spray, and make sure the bug spray is a good brand. You should find out how long different brands protect you so you know when to re-apply. For example popular brands protect you against mosquitos for 4 hours, but only for 2 hours against ticks.
Experts also suggest wearing long sleeves, especially when it’s dark out, and staying away from ponds or lakes, especially at night. To be safe, you should wear bug spray until the second frost of the season.
The good thing is, this years cooler temperatures has attracted less mosquitoes than usual but you should still.
Here’s list of bug sprays that keep you protected.