Weymouth Mosquitoes Found Carry West Nile Virus, Sources Suggest
Cambridge, MA - Sources suggest that health officials in Massachusetts have detected Wests Nile Virus in Weymouth mosquitoes.
On July 16th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health allegedly declared that cities including Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dedham, Milton, Newton, Somerville, and Winthrop to have a “moderate” risk of the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. Last year, the same department announced a "low" risk for the area. This year, health officials are warning residents and visitors to be careful.
As of July 26th, mosquitoes in Cambridge and surrounding areas have tested positive for the West Nile virus. The initial mosquito sample used in testing was found and collected from a trap located on Brattle Street. Other positive mosquito samples have also been found in areas such as Belmont, Boston, Lexington, Newton, and Waltham.
The city’s (Cambridge) Chief Public Health Officer, Claude Jacob, warned the public that August and September are the two months out of the entire year with the highest risk of catching the West Nile virus. In addition, health officials have warned residents to use added precautions. For example, residents are encouraged to always wear mosquito repellant during the evenings. It is also recommended that residents ‘suit up’ and wear as much protective clothing as possible at night.
The West Nile virus can be very dangerous and can spread rather quickly through infected mosquitoes. Though most cases do not end up being drastically harmful to the body, there are a number of instances where people become extremely sick.
Specifically speaking, men and women over 50-years-old are prone to a high-risk infection. In addition, men and women with weak immune systems are also prone to a high-risk infection.
In addition to applying mosquito repellant and wearing protective clothing, health officials leave us with these tips:
- Use repellent that contains DEET, permethrin, or picaridin. Always follow the directions on the package, especially for children. Babies under 2 months old should not come in contact with the substance DEET.
- Be aware of the peak mosquito times, which are from dusk to dawn. Try to stay inside during these times.
- Get rid of still water in your yard.
- Make sure both window and door screens fit tightly around their frames.