Four more mosquito pools in Boston have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV), three from West Roxbury and one from Dorchester, the Boston Public Health Commission reported today. The mosquito traps were collected Tuesday, July 12. It’s the second time this summer that mosquito pools in Boston have tested positive for WNV. On July 8, two positive mosquito pools were found in West Roxbury. There have been no confirmed human cases of WNV in Boston this year.
``It’s that time of year when it’s not uncommon to find mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus in the Boston area,’’ said Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Public Health Commission.
While WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus, WNV poses very low risk to humans, Dr. Barry said. But even that low risk can be reduced if people take a few simple steps to protect themselves and their families.
Those steps include:
· Using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to be biting
· Wearing clothing with long sleeves and pants, when possible
· Mosquito-proofing your home by ensuring that window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting into the house
· Preventing mosquitoes from breeding in standing water by turning over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; removing leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; disposing of or covering old tires; and covering swimming pools and kiddie pools when not in use.
The city recently has begun putting larvicide in catch basins in Boston neighborhoods to reduce the number of mosquitoes.
For more information on WNV, call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-534-5611 or visit www.bphc.org.