EEE virus detected in mosquitoes in Westborough
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These symptoms show up three to ten days after a bite from an infected mosquito. The spraying schedule will be announced when the state and the county finish planning.
VDCI uses state of the art technology, calibrated application timing, and least-toxic products to minimize non-target impacts. Use mosquito repellent, district officials said, and be mindful that you may need to apply more over the course of an evening.
WNV is transmitted to humans from the bite of an infected female mosquito. Last year and this year, he said comparatively dry conditions have contributed to fewer pools testing positive. The virus can lead to inflammation of the brain, seizures, and paralysis, and children are the most vulnerable to the infection. Most individuals who have symptoms will experience "flu-like" illness, including fever, headache, body aches, swollen glands, and muscle weakness.
There is no treatment, cure, or human vaccination for the virus.
People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. Health care providers can only treat the symptoms to help patients feel better and possibly recover more quickly.
Wear mosquito repellents containing DEET, according to label directions. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing longsleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Drain or dump standing water weekly.
Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites.
Generally, the mosquito season extends from late April until mid-October, with the end usually signaled by the first freeze in the fall.
Parish officials say a mosquito sample collected last month in East Baton Rouge has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of 2019. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.